Konichiwa, and a warm welcome to our community of expats in bright, vibrant Osaka. InterNations is a rich social network especially created to support expats. With your InterNations account you have access to an invaluable range of resources, from insider tips to comprehensive guides. Find answers to your questions such as "which type of work permit do I need?" and "what education options are available?". Get in touch with our knowledgeable and friendly expats through our platform and let them share their experiences and address any other concerns you may have, from overcoming paperwork issues to finding the best sports facilities.
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Osaka's colorful city of over 8 million inhabitants is fast-paced, loud, and neon-lit; while some expats will be turned off by the activity others will find it exciting, vibrant and full of energy. The city is a major shopping hub with a number of different districts, including the luxurious goods found in Shinsaibashi and the more youthful and fashionable American Village. New arrivals will particularly want to head for the culture, restaurants, and famous sights of the Namba district. A thriving performing arts and theater scene is open to culture lovers, with traditional Bunraku puppet plays, classical music, ballet opera, musicals and plays. You'll also find sports teams, museums, and amusement parks to guarantee a busy life in Osaka that can never be boring. Services, industrial manufacturing, and retail are the three biggest industries of Osaka's income but the city has opportunities across a range of sectors. Electronics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, construction, biotechnology, and telecommunications are all well-represented. Expats who speak Japanese may find opportunities for career advancement, and of course those who secure employment with a multinational corporation before arrival will have a major advantage.
Socializing and networking can be difficult when starting life in a new city, but with your InterNations account you are invited to our regular events and get-togethers to socialize and network in person. Look at our interest-based groups to find like-minded expats to share your hobbies in anything from exploring the city and dining out to the outdoors. Our expats hail from all over the world, and with InterNations you are part of our community of global minds.