Population: 2.6 million
Among Osaka’s largest companies are Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.; Osaka Gas Co. Ltd.; adhesive tape maker Nitto Denko Corp.; Sharp Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Panasonic’s parent.
Unemployment: 4.6 percent in the Kinki area around Osaka, in October 2007, compared with 4 percent for all of Japan.
Office vacancy rate in Osaka City: 5.5 percent (November 2007)
Number of businesses: 201,457 (2006)
Number of employees in the city: 2.1 million (2006)
Osaka is located two-and-a-half hours west of Tokyo by bullet train.
Sources: Osaka Municipal Government, Osaka Prefecture Government; City of Osaka