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The information below is as of November 2017.
- Kansai International Airport, an international distribution hub, boasts a cargo-terminal site of the largest scale in Japan and has leading functions in Asia. The airport is close to a cluster of cutting-edge industries, e.g., related to photovoltaic and lithium-ion batteries. In 2010, the airport started the operation of Japan’s first temperature-controlled jointly-invested reservoir exclusively for medical products, while in October 2012, it also started operation of Japan’s first terminal building exclusively for low-cost carriers (LCC).
- Osaka Port provides industries with business sites: distribution facilities in the Yumeshima area along the seashore; and cutting-edge plants for liquid crystal panels and solar batteries and the world’s largest mega-solar power generation plants in the Sakai Senboku Port area.
Osaka is connected to the Chukyo and Kanto regions by the Meishin Expressway and Shin-Meishin Expressway, and to the Chugoku and Kyushu regions by the Chugoku Expressway and Sanyo Expressway. The Hanshin Expressway, which runs through central Osaka and reaches cities across Japan, forms a key part of local firms' logistics networks.
- Kansai International Airport is the only airport in Japan equipped with two 4,000 m runways and providing 24-hour services throughout the year.
- The airport is served by flights to/from about 86 cities in 24 countries and regions around the world (based on the results in the winter of 2015), as well as 12 cities in Japan, making it a hub airport providing users with smooth access to any destination.
- Tokyo (Haneda) or Narita to Osaka: About 1 hour; 46 flights per day
Osaka Port and Kobe Port were designated as an integrated Strategic International Container Port. Improved efficiencies relating to logistic operations across the ports system is expected to transform it into a key hub in Asia.
- Osaka is the focal point of the Kansai region; major cities such as Kobe and Kyoto are only 20 to 30 minutes away by train. It is also possible to make a one-day trip to Tokyo and other major Japanese cities from Osaka.
- From Osaka, Shinkansen services run to Tokyo and the Kyushu region. The Tokyo and Hakata journey takes 150 minutes. Diverse railway routes serviced by JR and other private railway companies provide easy access to areas including neighboring Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. These rail links are used extensively by business people and tourists. Osaka has excellent railway networks in both central Osaka and its suburban areas.