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Regional Information Osaka city

Osaka, the city that creates business opportunities

Your Regional Guide : Hinami Takashio

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Business Development, Economic Strategy BureauExternal site: a new window will open.

ATC ITM Bldg. 4F M-4, 2-1-10 Nanko-Kita Suminoe-ku, Osaka City 559-0034
Tel: +81-6-6615-6765Fax: +81-6-6615-7433

Osaka city

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The information below is as of January 2017.

Basic Information

Population*1 2.69 million
Labor force*1 1.26 million
Area*2 225.2 km²
GDP*3 *
Major industries wholesale/retail, service, information/communications, real estate, manufacturing
Initial wage for university graduates(Average)
Initial wage for college of technology/junior colledge graduates (Average)
Initial wage for upper secondery school graduates (Average)
Scheduled cash eanings (Average)
Land price(for 1m²)*5
Land price for industrial use (Average)
Land Price for Commercial Use (Average)
Number of Establishments*6 208,777
Number of Employees*6 2,192,422
Offices overseas


JETRO office


Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Osaka City is a core city in the Kinki region having the following characteristics: 1. accounting for over 25% share of the total wholesale and retailing industry in Japan; 2. boasting a large number of employees and gross products in the service industry, as the core industry in the city; and 3. having a high share in the information communication industry in Japan on par with Tokyo.

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

Osaka is actively engaged in activities to attract companies. Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry jointly operate the Osaka Business and Investment Center (O-BIC) and provide various types of information, and the IBPC Osaka Investment Promotion Center has been set up as a base for efforts to entice companies to Osaka City through, for example, posting a staff member with foreign-language skills to each entering company. OBIC attracted 426 foreign-affiliated companies in a 15-year period from 2001, the start of the project, to 2015.

Available incentives

Business Entry Support

Introducing companies for possible business connections, providing short-term leased incubation spaces, and other services that meet the needs of companies.

Incentive name

Special ZoneTaxes

Incentive target industries

New energy, Life sciences

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

When performing projects involving new energy or life sciences in areas of the special zones in Osaka, special zone taxes apply, with up to Zero local taxes for 5 years + 1/2 for next 5 years. Eligible tax items as Corporate citizens' tax, business office tax, real estate tax, and city planning tax.

Incentive name

Temporary Rent-Free Office Space(BSO)

Incentive type その他
Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Seven rent-free offices (10m2-30m2) are offered 365 days a year within ATC building, from which you can make preparations to open an office in Osaka City.

Incentive name

Support provided by Osaka Business and Investment Center (O-BIC)

Incentive type その他
Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)
  • Subsidizing the cost of company registration and acquisition of status of residence
  • Various one-stop services for expansion (Providing basic information on Osaka and information on real estate and incentives, introducing experts or companies specialized in interpreting and translation, law and taxes, information on seminars scheduled ahead, etc.)
Related Link
Industrial location guide: INVEST OSAKAExternal site: a new window will open.

Services for investment in Japan

Providing market information Advice on the matters related to entering into Japanese market
Support for establishing a base Consultation on the matters related to establishing a Japanese base, Provision of facilities including a incubation office
IBPC Investment Promotion Project

This project offers finely tailored services for companies to encourage them to start business in Osaka, including the introduction of business partners, information on investment incentive programs, and quick provision of offices.

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