Next Stop: Osaka

Next Stop: Osaka

Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmark, a must-visit in Osaka.

Benefitting from its strategic location at the center of Japan, Osaka, and more broadly the Kansai area has a lot to offer. With a GDP higher than Turkey and the 9th most populated area in the world, it is a melting pot of culture and business expertise. Its many state-of-the-art airports and its numerous ports service the area and act as a gateway to Asia.

Domestically, the region is perfectly served by the famous railway system that can reach Tokyo in just two and a half hours. Additionally, Kansai is one of the largest hubs for development and production in energy-related industries and in the pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing field. A world-class cluster of small and medium-sized companies ensures an ongoing development of innovative technology.

In parallel, facilities across the region allow major conferences to take place such as the INTEX Osaka or the Kyoto International Conference Center. Within Osaka or outside the city, no matter where one goes, there will be treasures of gastronomy and mesmerizing sightseeing sites within range.

The temples of Nara, the imperial city of Kyoto, the sea harbor of Kobe, and the unmatched cuisine including the famous Kobe beef are just few examples of what the area has to offer. Tourism plays a major role in the area development, and the strategy implemented by the region, namely foreigner-oriented translation services and tax incentives are all made to create a favorable environment for foreigners in Kansai. For more than 1,600 years, the region was home to Japan’s capital. It is thus without surprise that half of Japan’s National Treasures and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found in the Kansai region. Moreover, Osaka has bid to host the 2025 World Expo.

Through its candidature, the city wants to showcase its savoir-faire and wants to position itself as a major hub able to compete with Tokyo in the future; a bid that is widely supported by the business, intellectual and political communities. The site, an artificial island will be entirely redeveloped with advanced technologies and will mainly use renewable energy to function. At the political level, the region is strongly assisted through the council of INVEST KANSAI, which is comprised of the Kansai Economic Federation, JETRO, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the Kansai area, and the Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry. Through several types of business incentives and support they ensure a smooth settlement of foreign enterprises and reception of foreign investments. So come and discover the region!

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