How to Start a Business in Japan: Spotlight on Osaka 

(Osaka Prefecture business support services for solopreneurs and SMEs of all shapes and sizes)

Whether you’re looking to start a business in Japan’s Osaka prefecture, or grow an SME already located in beautiful Kansai, this growing list of resources should help. Want me to feature you on this list? Please reach out.

Page updated: December 8, 2020

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Starting a Business in Osaka?

Ask the Government

Get help from prefectural establishments geared interested in attracting and keeping SMEs in Osaka.

Look to Private Industry

Work with those already in the trenches and develop the resources that will help you and Hyogo grow together.

Location Resources

If you need physical office or manufacturing space for your business in Japan, Osaka has tech parks, and plenty of other commerical real estate to assist you in your venture.

Starting from Scratch?

Working on a Startup in Osaka? Let’s see who is here to help you pull that off.

Where should you start a business in Osaka Prefecture?

(Osaka Prefecture’s biggest cities are: Sakai, Higashiōsaka, Hirakata, Toyonaka, Suita, Takatsuki, Ibaraki, Yao, Neyagawa, and Kishiwada)
Doc Kane, Nihon Hustle

Howdy, all, I’m Doc. I live in the beautiful port city of Kobe, JAPAN. I launched this site to help others interested in working with, or starting, a business in Japan.

We all wear different hats, my job is to help you find the one that fits you best. Thanks for reading, and go get ’em!

Entrepreneurial Business Support, and Brainstorming Prompts to Help You Start a Business in Osaka Prefecture

Startup Bootcamp Scale Osaka (Equity-free, business development Accelerator in Osaka, JAPAN)

VIDEO: 5 Effective Ways to Market a Business Globally: International Sales (Great talk from Japan and China resident and sales pro, Paul Salo

Osaka Prefectural Government Page (Loaded with all sorts of business sector information and advice for entry: finance, business matching, commercial entry)

Osaka Industrial Design Center 

MOBIO, Osaka (Support base for SME manufacturers in Osaka—language support in Chinese, Korean and English!)

“Excellent Company of Osaka” (searchable partner/manufacturing listing database )

Why Osaka Is Becoming The Hottest Spot For Startups In Asia“Why Osaka Is Becoming The Hottest Spot For Startups In Asia,” from Forbes

J-Startup (Startup resource for the whole of Japan: advisors, startup company list, startup visas, etc.)

Need to book a hotel in Osaka? has some of the most useful search tools and access to a large inventory of properties. It’s the only tool I use when traveling in and out of Japan.




Labor Force (2015)

Number of Establishments (2014)

More Osaka Area Business Resources

Business Incentives in Osaka

Real Estate and Finance in Osaka

Travel to Osaka | Life in Osaka

Get detailed information on 3,595 business services companies in Osaka, 337 government offices, and 71 non-profits including financial statements, sales and marketing contacts, top competitors, and firmographic insights at Dun & Bradstreet. 

Want to explore business opportunities in all eight regions of Japan? Visit our regional resource collections below. 

(Only Kansai is live at the moment, more coming as things develop throughout 2021!)

Japan Kyushu Map
Japan Kansai Map
Japan Chubu Map
Japan Kanto Map
Japan Tohoku Map
Japan Hokkaido Map

Start Your Business in the Kansai Region’s  Osaka Today.

Let’s Build Something Together

Osaka is my neighboring prefecture here in Japan (I’m in lovely Hyogo!). I’ve done my best to include a variety of resources here that might help you launch, or grow a business in our beautiful Kansai region, but if I’ve missed something, or if you’re looking for something in particular, please reach out and I’ll see what I can do to help.


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I need help recruiting experienced and new staff...

Throughout 2020, I’ll be fleshing out these individual sections on each prefectural page. In this section I’m going to cover mid-career recruiting here in Japan, as well as some of the work I’m doing with my service.

If you’re a recruiter, and would like to be interviewed for this page, or are interested in sponsoring this section, please reach out via the Nihon Hustle contact form on the left side of this page.



What industrial clusters are common in Osaka?

There numerous industrial clusters throughout the Kansai / Osaka region. Below are a few of our more prominent sectors:

◇ Kansai Front Runner Project Neo Cluster Manufacturing and IT fields: About 1,200 companies and 60 universities

◇ Kansai Bio Cluster Project Bio Cluster Biotechnology field: About 340 companies and 52 universities

◇ Environmental Businesses KANSAI Project Green Cluster Environment field: About 140 companies and 20 universities

◇ In the northern part of Osaka (Saito), research and education facilities are clustered and focus on biomedical research. Properties include: the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center and the Osaka Bioscience Institute.

◇ The Doshomachi District of Osaka City has many pharmaceutical manufacturers including Takeda, the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan.

◇ Life science industry promotion occurs throughout Osaka in partnership with the “Osaka Bio Strategy.”



What are some of the largest overseas firms in Osaka?

Over time, I’ll build this resource out, but here are a few good jumping off points:

  • AstraZeneca K.K.
  • Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd.
  • Ametek
  • Autodesk
  • Baxter
  • Schenker
  • Cargill
  • Binswanger
  • Gleason Corporation
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • Starwood Hotels
Are there venture funds, or private investors for startups in the area?

Members of the Japan Venture Capital Association are understandably active throughout the Kansai region, including Hyogo. Below are a few VC firms that consistently pop up on the radar in Osaka and in nearby Hyogo. If you would like to be listed here, or are interesting in our sponsorship package, just reach out using the Nihon Hustle contact form on the left of this page.

Do you have any prefecture-agnostic (but specific) resources available?

Yes! On our resources page you can find all sorts of research, case studies, guides, stories, and links that might help you further research your market here in Japan.

Do you recommend any tools for businesses?

I do, actually. All of the tools I use personally in my business, or that I have reviewed and tested, are on my Toolbox page.

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