What is BPC?

  • Since 1988, the Osaka City Government has promoted partnerships with other cities through the Business Partner Cities (BPC) program, forming an economic network in the dynamic Asian-Pacific region. The BPC is a new type of city partnership in the sense that each member's local government and economic organization plays a leading part in promoting economic exchanges at the private sector level.
    Through this network, the BPC program aims to support globalization and revitalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Osaka, and to promote the mutual development of BPCs through economic exchanges.

Osaka City

  • Area:225.21km2

Osaka City, which boasts of a long history of being a commercial city, is located in the center of Kansai region.
It plays an important roles with respect to the economy and the culture of Japan, and be widely recognized as the second largest city in Japan just next to the capital, Tokyo.

Secretariat :
Osaka City Economic Strategy Bureau
ATC ITM Building 4F M-4 2-1-10 Nanko Kita
Suminoe-Ku, Osaka, 559-0034, Japan
TEL: 06-6615-3747 
FAX: 06-6615-7433
Osaka Business Partner City Council
1-5-102, Nanko-Kita, Suminoe-Ku, Osaka, 559-0034, Japan
(Osaka International Business Promotion Center, International Affairs Department (IBPC Osaka))
TEL: 06-6615-5522 
FAX: 06-6615-5518

Hong Kong

  • Signed in March 1988
  • area:1,104 km2

Having developed as a free trade port which has been serving as a business center bridging China with the rest of the world.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Other Related Organizations:
Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Osaka Office


  • Signed in February 1989
  • area:718.3 km2

With its prosperous free trade port, the city continues to grow into a one-stop trade, finance, information and transportation center in Asia.

Enterprise Singapore
Other Related Organizations:
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore

Bangkok, Thailand

  • Signed in June 1989
  • area:1,569 km2

This capital city has developed as the industrial and political center of Thailand and has hosted many Japanese enterprises.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce
Other Related Organizations:
Royal Thai Consulate-General, Osaka
Thai Trade Center, Osaka

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Signed in August 1989
  • area:243 km2

Bringing together a wide range of people, cultures, and religions, the capital city of Malaysia is making rapid progress in technical innovations.

City Hall Kuala Lumpur
MOU partner:
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation
Other Related Organizations:
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

Manila, Philippines

  • Signed in October 1989
  • area:638.5 km2

The capital of Philippines, this international commercial city boasts of a fast-growing electronics industry.

Manila City Hall
MOU partner:
Department of Trade & Industry Philippines, Foreign Trade Service Corps
Other Related Organizations:
Department of Trade & Industry Philippines,
Foreign Trade Service Corps Osaka
Consulate-General of the Republic of the Philippines in Osaka

Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Signed in April 1990
  • area:740.3 km2

The hub of politics, economy, and culture in Indonesia, which accommodates diverse cultures. The capital city is closely intertwined with Japan in economic terms.

Jakarta Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Other Related Organizations:
Consulate-General of the Republic of Indonesia
Indonesian Trade Promotion Center

Seoul, South Korea

  • Signed in September 1992
  • area:605.2 km2

The capital city of Korea, a country where the past and the future meet. This vibrant international city is the industrial, cultural, and political center of the country.

The Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Other Related Organizations:
Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Osaka
Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Osaka

Shanghai, China

  • Signed in July 1995
  • area:6,340 km2

China's largest commercial and industrial city, playing an instrumental role in introducing a free-enterprise system to the entire nation.

Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce
Other Related Organizations:
Shanghai Foreign Investment Development Board, Japan Representative Office

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Signed in May 1997
  • area:2,095 km2

Vietnam's largest commercial and industrial city which has achieved a high level of economic growth through economic reforms and an open-door policy.

People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City
MOU partner:
Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ho Chi Minh City Branch
Other Related Organizations:
Consulate-General of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in Osaka

Mumbai, India

  • Signed in May 1998
  • area:603 km2

One of the largest commercial cities in India, a huge consumer market. Aggressively promoting deregulation, liberalizing trade and introducing foreign currency convertibility.

IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Other Related Organizations:
The Consulate-General of India, Osaka-Kobe

Melbourne, Australia

  • Signed in June 1999
  • area:37.6 km2

The capital city of Victoria state, which accounts for one third of Australia's manufacturing production. This commercial and industrial city has the largest trading port in the country.

Australian Industry Group
City of Melbourne
Other Related Organizations:
Australian Consulate-General Osaka

Tianjin, China

  • Signed in June 2004
  • area:11,917 km2

Tianjin is a Chinese northern coastal city which boasts of the largest trading port. It also is an integrated industrial city which has flourishing Light, Electric Machine, and Science & Technological industry.

Tianjin Commission of Commerce

Auckland, New Zealand

  • Signed in February 2009
  • area:1,086 km2

Auckland, the business and economic hub of New Zealand, has been flourished with agriculture, forestry, livestock, and horticulture industries. Nowadays, bio industry has emerged and gained a remarkable presence in the city.

Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry