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The startup ecosystem in Kansai

When you think of Japan, you may not necessarily perceive it of having a thriving startup culture. However, the situation has been changing.

Over the last decade, a new generation of entrepreneurs has been encouraged to create and develop their business ideas with help from Government and industry. We report on the exciting startup scene in Kansai, the region at the centre of the economy of Western Japan, which includes the cities Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. This is a market of considerable size, with a population of 24.73 million people and a GDP of approximately 99.57 trillion yen, which is approximately equal to the GDP of the Netherlands (figures from Osaka Business and Investment Center – OBIC).

Read the full report here here

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