Doing Business in Kansai

While many outside Japan have heard of Kansai cities such as Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, there is less understanding of how tightly they are bound into a regional economic powerhouse. As it prepares to host next year’s G20, we report from the country’s historic heartland

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Region hopes tourism and healthcare innovation will help offset Tokyo’s dominance

Manufacturer’s growth reflects entrepreneurial spirit of its regional home, Kansai

Jokes are part of Osaka’s commercial culture, but humour has become a serious export

Pharmaceutical companies look overseas for growth as home market shrinks

Policymakers strive to build a ‘Silicon Valley’ of medical research

The region has enjoyed profits from convenient food, but not every idea travels

Ex-mayor Toru Hashimoto argued having one layer of government would benefit city