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Osaka Research Foundation for Regional Development


Establishment June 1981
Address 1-2-10, Otedori, Chuo-ku, Osaka City.
TEL 06-6944-1173 / FAX 06-6946-9120
URL: http://www.daichishin.org
Basic fund 26 million yen
Objectives To work with the public, the economic community, governments, local
governments, and academics to study and make recommendations
for urban issues and regional development policies of Japan and the world.
To contribute to the growth of Osaka and the Kansai region, and the
improvement of life and welfare of its citizens by publicizing the
achievements to relevant parties and citizens.
Competent government agency Osaka Prefecture (changed from an incorporated
foundation to a general incorporated foundation as of April 1, 2012.)
Representative Takemasa Ishihara, chairman (professor emeritus, Osaka City University)
Organization’s development The foundation was established in 1981 by the Osaka Chamber of
Commerce and Industry. It primarily studied and made recommendations
for policies relating to the retail trade, in 1992, it expanded the sphere
of activity to include urban policies, industrial policies, arts and culture, as
it became a private research organization. And it is up to today.
Business outline Ⅰ Research
【Shopping Town Study Group】
The study group that has been in place since the foundation’s establishment studies
and makes recommendations for the whole concept of city and commerce, in
collaboration with experts from multiple spheres, by perceiving the retail trade from
various dimensions.
【Theme studies】
Special studies are conducted on a variety of themes relating to the latest urban
policies. Research and recommendations are made on global tourism, urban
improvement techniques, a city of healthcare, and a city of arts and culture. Other
relevant commissioned studies that contribute to the foundation’s objectives.

Ⅱ Education and publicity
Hold seminars, lectures and courses on themes that meet the needs of the times to
publicize the research activities of the foundation.
【Publication of magazines】
Publication of the magazine “Yu” which introduces the activities of the foundation,
interviews with key persons from a variety of spheres, contributions, and the
foundation chairman’s articles, and other relevant books. Dispatch of information
through the web.

Ⅲ Cross industrial networking【Rekiyukai】
A liberal association comprising of public and private organization planners, creators,
and scientists.

Ⅳ Special sponsorship – Uemachi Plateau Project
(a collaborative project with other organizations with fixed donations.)
【ArtSalon@Teramachi, Hamburg/Osaka 30th Anniversary Project, A Study on the
Roads Prince Shotoku Traveled, etc.】

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