- The City of Osaka's International Network
The City of Osaka's International Network
Exchanges with Sister Cities
Through the city's extensive international network of sister/friendship cities, friendship cooperation cities, business partner cities, and other international affiliations, the City of Osaka aims to promote various exchanges across the cultural, sports, human resources, and business fields.
Sister Cities / Friendship Cities
The City of Osaka is currently affiliated with seven total sister/friendship cities including São Paulo (Brazil), Chicago (USA), Shanghai (China), Melbourne (Australia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Milan (Italy), and Hamburg (Germany), and is broadly conducting various exchanges.
Every 5 years, commemorative exchanges, such as delegation visits, are held during the anniversary of a sister / friendship city affiliation to reaffirm closer relations.
The sister city affiliations also act as catalysts to stimulate exchanges of individual, organizational, and corporate-levels in respective fields, such as business, technology, education, culture, and sports. With the foundation firmly established upon involvement and cooperation ingrained to the citizen-level, the City of Osaka can confidently focus on maintaining prosperous relationships with our sister cities by building on the mutual understanding and trust.
- São Paulo (Brazil) October 27, 1969 / Sister City Affiliation
- Chicago (USA) November 9, 1973 / Partner City Affiliation
- Shanghai (China) April 18, 1974 / Friendship City Affiliation
- Melbourne (Australia) April 24, 1978 / Sister City Affiliation
- St. Petersburg (Russia) August 16, 1979 / Sister City Affiliation
- Milan (Italy) June 8, 1981 / Sister City Affiliation
- Hamburg (Germany) May 11, 1989 / Friendship City Affiliation
Friendship Cooperation Cities
The Friendship Cooperation City affiliations were first introduced in 1998 with the goal of exchanging ideas and information on a city-level in areas of common metropolitan agendas, such as sports promotion, culture, tourism and environmental challenges.
- Buenos Aires (Argentina) June 1, 1998 / Friendship Cooperation City Affiliation
- Budapest (Hungary) September 8, 1998 / Friendship Cooperation City Affiliation
- Busan (South Korea) May 21, 2008 / Friendship Cooperation City Affiliation
Business Partner Cities (BPC)
In 1988, the Business Partner Cities (BPC) affiliation was introduced to help facilitate greater economic exchanges between cities through the leadership of local governments. The BPC network is based in the Asia-Pacific region and allows small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from Osaka to explore potential business activities in the global market. This dynamic network aims on increasing private sector-level exchanges and advancement between all the affiliated cities.
- Hong Kong (China) Affiliation Date: March 11, 1988 Affiliation Partner: Hong Kong Trade Development Council
- Singapore Affiliation Date: February 1, 1989 Affiliation Partner: Enterprise Singapore
- Bangkok (Thailand) Affiliation Date: June 16, 1989 Affiliation Partner: The Thai Chamber of Commerce
- Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Affiliation Date: August 10, 1989 Affiliation Partner: City of Kuala Lumpur
- Manila (The Philippines) Affiliation Date: October 27, 1989 Affiliation Partner: City of Manila
- Jakarta (Indonesia) Affiliation Date: April 13, 1990 Affiliation Partner: Jakarta Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Seoul (South Korea) Affiliation Date: September 4, 1992 Affiliation Partner: The Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Shanghai (China) Affiliation Date: July 5, 1995 Affiliation Partner: Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce
- Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) Affiliation Date: May 27, 1997 Affiliation Partner: People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City
- Mumbai (India) Affiliation Date: May 12, 1998 Affiliation Partner: IMC Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Melbourne (Australia) Affiliation Date: June 2, 1999 Affiliation Partner: City of Melbourne, Australian Industry Group
- Tianjin (China) Affiliation Date: June 15, 2004 Affiliation Partner: Tianjin Commission of Commerce
- Auckland (New Zealand) Affiliation Date: February 2, 2009 Affiliation Partner: Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
The City of Osaka, according to its core policies, has decided on various exchange themes and is engaging in strategic exchanges with several cities overseas.
Agreement & Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Affiliated Cities
|Nanjing City (China)||July 2010||Cooperation in tourism and environmental fields|
|Shenzhen City (China)||July 2010||Exchanges in economic and environmental fields|
|Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)||July 2011||Cooperation in the water and environmental sectors|
|Yangon City (Myanmar)||September 2014||Cooperation in the urban infrastructure development|
|City of Nantes (France)||April 2017||Friendship castle agreement|
|Melbourne (Australia)||March 2018||Sister street agreement|
|Chicago (USA)||June 2018||Sister street agreement|
Agreement & Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Affiliated Institutions
|Embassy of Denmark (Denmark)||June 2011||Cooperation in robot technology, environment, energy, and design|
|Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA (Germany)||July 2010||Cooperation in information exchange and joint public relations activities, joint workshops and symposia, and joint research and development projects|
Sister Ports / Friendship Ports
Since ancient times, Osaka has played a major role in cultural exchange and trade through the vigorous flow of transport from its ports to mainland China and the Korean Peninsula. Presently, the Port of Osaka has affiliations with seven sister ports abroad, and is striving to carry out various exchange projects to exhibit international goodwill and foster prosperous relations.
- Port of San Francisco (USA)
- Port of Melbourne (Australia)
- Port of Le Havre (France)
- Port of Shanghai (China) (friendship port treaty)
- Port of Valparaiso (Chile)
- Port of Busan (Korea)
- Saigon Port (Vietnam)
The City of Osaka has an overseas representative office tasked with strengthening the gathering and sharing of information and exchanges across fields such as business, culture, and tourism.
Osaka Shanghai Office (大阪政府上海事務所)
- Area: China
- 住所:大阪国際経済上海事務所 中華人民共和国 200336 上海市延安西路2201号 上海国際貿易中心407室
Address: Room 407, Shanghai International Trade Center 2201 Yan An Road (West) Shanghai, China 200336
- Phone: ＋86-21-6275-1982
- FAX: ＋86-21-6275-1983
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating and maintaining a living environment hospitable to residents of all nationalities
With eyes set on creating a welcoming environment that allows for foreign nationals to seamlessly transition into work-life in Osaka, the Osaka International House Foundation , an international exchange facility, is providing information; realizing multicultural coexistence in society; facilitating citizen-level international exchange and understanding; disaster support for foreign residents; and fostering the education for leaders who will further globalization.
For the purpose of inspiring talent growth of individuals who will contribute to the globalization of Osaka, the center contributes by encouraging international students' participation in cooperative and exchange programs; connecting international students with career advancement opportunities and with local communities; as well as hosting entrepreneurship seminars for international students.