Kansai is located in the center of Japan, with a population of over 20 million and a gross regional product (GRP) of about 800 billion dollars. It is one of the world's leading metropolitan areas with an economic scale comparable to that of Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Kansai is home to a large number of small and medium-sized companies with internationally advanced technological capabilities, and there are many so-called "Global Niche Top (GNT)" companies that have a high global market share in a particular field and excellent management.
Kansai is also home to a large concentration of universities and research institutes, with R&D centers and industry-university collaborations in progress.
Many Nobel laureates have been produced in Kansai, and a number of overseas industry-academia collaboration organizations have also established themselves in the region.
In 2025, Kansai will host the "Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai ," in which various countries and international organizations from around the world will participate, creating a great business opportunity for start-up companies along with the concept of a "People's Living Lab”, a laboratory for a future society.
The Kansai region has been the capital of Japan since ancient times, and has nurtured a diverse culture centered on the three unique metropolitan areas of Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. Kyoto is ranked as the world's number one tourist destination, and Osaka is ranked as the second most livable city in the world.
The three cities are very close to each other, and it takes only about 30 minutes to travel from Osaka to Kyoto and Kobe, making it an extremely convenient area for transportation.
Osaka is the central city of western Japan with a population of over 8 million. While the city center is lined with skyscraper offices and commercial facilities, it is also a city of historical buildings and landscapes such as ancient tombs, temples and shrines, inheriting a history of prosperity as the political, economic and cultural center of Japan since ancient times. Through the accumulation of Osaka's manufacturing industry, the concentration of research institutes and companies in the fields of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and the use of cutting-edge technology, we will create new values and innovations centering on "health and longevity" and provide the results to the world in broad ways.
Kyoto is a city of innovation, fusing tradition, culture, and technology into hardworking harmony. And a city of Students, it has 34 universities, and nearly 10% of the population is students.The main active fields of startups in Kyoto are Bio healthcare, Deep-tech, and Advanced Manufacturing.Within Kyoto Research Park, 500 enterprises and private organizations (apx. 6,400 employees) are active. In Keihanna Science City, many universities and large enterprises research institutions are accumulated.These universities and enterprises in Kyoto have produced 11 Nobel Prize-winning researchers.
Equipped with a comprehensive transportation network of land, sea and air, Kobe is a popular business center that attracts many people from Japan and abroad. With a concentration of medical-related industries and academic research institutions, and a variety of research and development projects, Kobe has everything you need to pave a new path to the future. For example, the medical industry, manufacturing industry, IT industry, new energy industry, aerospace industry, and fashion industry have led the economy of Kobe. And the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster and supercomputers are at the forefront of cutting-edge projects.