City of Osaka

Osaka Ports and Harbors Bureau

City of Osaka Top > Port & Harbor Bureau Top >Sister/Friendship Ports

International Exchange

Sister/Friendship Ports


Sister/friendship ports and cities

In an effort to promote trade, participate in technology and information exchange, as well as deepening cultural understanding, the Port of Osaka is affiliated with several sister / friendship ports. Focussing on this goal, the first Sister Ports Conference was held in 1982, with subsequent conferences being held at regular intervals.

Port of San Francisco US flag

Affiliation Date: 26th October 1967
Port worker's services  

As the oldest of the United States of America's West Coast ports, the Port of San Francisco has long been regarded as the nation's gateway to East Asia.

Port of Melbourne AUS flag

Affiliation Date: 9th October 1974
Port of Melbourne  

Located at the mouth of the Yarra River, the Port of Melbourne has developed into the Commonwealth of Australia's largest container port. Affiliation was sought after the establishment of a direct container service between the two ports. Melbourne and Osaka also enjoy sister city status.

Port of Le Havre FRA flag

Affiliation Date :15th July 1980
Port of Le Havre  

Opened by a French king in the 16th Century, the Port of Le Havre, situated at the mouth of the Seine River, is the maritime gateway to the French capital, Paris. The French Republic's biggest port in terms of container handling, the Port of Le Havre affiliated with the aim of promoting further trade.

Port of Shanghai CHN flag

Affiliation Date: 30th October 1981
Port of Shanghai  

Located on the Huangpu River, which flows into the Yangzte River, the Port of Shanghai is the largest in the People's Republic of China. Port affiliation came in the wake of numerous sales missions and personnel exchanges. Osaka also enjoys a friendship city relationship with Shanghai.

Port of Valparaiso CHL flag

Affiliation Date: 24th October 1983
Port of Valparaiso  

As the biggest port on the South American Pacific Coast, the Port of Valparaiso has established itself as the maritime gateway of the Republic of Chile's capital, Santiago. Sister port affiliation was brought about after the Chilean tall ship, "Esmeralda", which is based in the Port of Valparaiso, participated in Osaka World Sail 1983.

Port of Busan KOR flag

Affiliation Date: 6th August 1985
Port of Busam  

The Port of Pusan is the biggest port in the Republic of Korea. It handles container cargo on a global scale and is developing into one of the biggest ports in Asia. Affiliation was the result of efforts to increase trade between the two ports.

Port of Saigon VNM flag

Affiliation Date: 25th November 1994
Port of Saigon  

Situated on the Saigon River, the Port of Saigon handles over half of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam's marine cargo. After technical co-operation and personnel exchanges, the sister port agreement was signed with the aim of promoting friendship.

Municipal Affiliations

City Country Affiliation
San Paulo Federative Republic of Brazil Sister City
(October, 1969)
Chicago United States of America Partner City
(November, 1973)
Shanghai People's Republic of China Friendship City
(April, 1974)
Melbourne Commonwealth of Australia Sister City
(April, 1978)
St Petersburg Russian Federation Sister City
(August, 1979)
Milan Italian Republic Sister City
(June, 1981)
Hamburg Federal Republic of Germany Friendship City
(May, 1989)