What is Osaka/Kansai?
Osaka, where politics, government administration, economy, finance, urban infrastructure, etc. are highly developed, is the second largest metropolis in Japan after Tokyo. Osaka has long been a center of commerce, actively taking part in new challenges and creating innovation aimed towards the whole world. In addition, Osaka is open and friendly to anyone from anywhere in the world, full of hospitality and new discoveries. Due to these historical background and its long-cultivated traits and ethos, Osaka aims to substantially contribute more to the world.
The Kansai region (Western Japan), a dense region centered around Osaka, has a population of approximately 20.64 million, with an incredibly large market and a GRP worth approximately 80 trillion yen (note).
(note) Total GDP (from the “Report on Prefectural Accounts” by the Cabinet Office regarding the 2014 Nominal Gross Prefectural Product) and Population (from the 2015 National Consensus) of Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama, Tottori and Tokushima, all of which are prefectures which make up the Union of Kansai Governments.
Osaka/Kansai (Osaka Prefecture and the wider Kansai Region), spurred by the G20 Summit, aim to improve their popularity and prestige by showcasing their “Rich History and Culture”, “Substantial Urban Infrastructure”, “Contribution to the World” and “Safety and Security” to the rest of the world.
In addition, as a means for the further development of Japan after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, Osaka is working to host the 2025 Japan Expo. With “Designing Future Society for Our Lives” as the theme, we believe the Expo will contribute to realizing the 2030 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) set by the United Nations.
How Osaka can Contribute to Successfully Hosting the G20
The G20, with its origin as a means to combat the financial and economic crisis spurred by the bankruptcy of the Lehman Brothers, recently began discussions regarding other issues facing the international community, such as energy, employment opportunities, and anti‐terrorism policies, in addition to economic and financial issues.
To realize a richer, more harmonious and desirable future society and in order to contribute to achieving SDGs, hosting the G20 Summit in Osaka coincides with the objectives of the G20: that is, for a balanced yet inclusive and strong, sustainable development.
By hosting the event in Osaka, countries participating in the G20 will be able to understand the initiatives implemented by Osaka- Kansai. We believe this will lead to deep discussions to solve global issues facing the world, which will result in the first-ever successful G20 Summit hosted in Japan.