The living environment of Osaka
The successive cities Osaka, Kyoto and Nara located in the region of Kansai were once the last destination of the famous ‘Silk Road’, prospered as the center of Japanese politics, culture and economy.
Representing Japan since, Kansai boasts its cultural heritage (Buddhist temples and shrines) and Entertainments (Kabuki, Noh and etc.) still succeeding to this date. Kansai is a location where many new businesses and new products are born and in the heart of this place is the capital Osaka, serving as the second biggest economic scale in Japan, next to Tokyo.
Osaka is a megacity where the traditional culture and modern charm co-exist. Osaka has been ranked 3rd in‘World’s most livable cities’ survey in 2023, held by the Economic Intelligence Unit in England, making it the only Asian city to make the list.
The charm of the dining culture and safety
Osaka is a city with a rich culinary culture. As a city of commerce, Osaka also offers a rich shopping environment. In addition to department stores and outlet malls, the city offers a variety of shopping opportunities, including the largest underground shopping mall in Japan, the longest shopping street in Japan, and the famous electronics district of Nipponbashi.
Also, according to the above-mentioned Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey for 2021, Osaka ranked 17th overall in the "City Safety Ranking".
Asian Gateway, Osaka
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Global city: Osaka
Osaka has gained the title of being a ‘Global City’ by cultivating global talents, progressively servicing environments to appeal to foreigners. Every year, the management consultant company, A.T. Kearny announces the Global Cities Index, with Osaka ranking 50th in the world in 2019, after Tokyo, making Osaka one of the most comfortable places to live in the world for foreigners.
Services for Foreigners Residents
In Osaka, there are many facilities and organizations whichi provide multilingual services to foreigners residing in Osaka. The services range from legal consultation, information on everyday life and administration.
Osaka Foundation of International Exchange (OFIX) Osaka Information Service for Foreign Residents
Mydome Osaka 5F Honmachibashi 2-5, Chuo Ward, Osaka City
TEL +81-6-6941-2297 FAX +81-6-6966-2401
Supported languages：Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Filipino, Siamese, Indonesian, Nepali.
*FAX and email services are only offered in English and Japanese.
*For enquiries on other supported languages, please give us a call.
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 ~ 17:30 (excluding National holidays and New Year holidays)
the 2nd and 4th Sunday 13: 00 ~ 17: 00
Employment and labor consultation for foreigners
As part of the Kansai National Strategic Special Zone’s initiatives, free counseling services are available to companies within this Special Zone (Kyoto, Osaka, and Hyogo prefectures) that have just set up a new business or are a non-Japanese company looking to establish a business. These services will be provided by licensed social insurance consultants and lawyers to ensure that Japanese employment regulations related to hiring and labor contracts are properly understood and that the company’s business development progresses smoothly.
Kansai National Strategic Special Zone Employment Counseling Center
Room K827, Knowledge Capital 8F,
Grand Front Osaka North Building,
3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0011 Japan
TEL +81-6-6136-3194 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 11:00 to 20:00 (Excluding Public Holidays and New Year Period.
※IB(International Baccalaureate), WASC(Western Association of Schools and College ), CIS(Council of International Schools), ACSI(Association of Christian Schools International)