Monday, August 15, 2011

Moving to Osaka

Today we look at moving to Osaka in Japan from New Delhi in India. We highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced in our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations.
In Osaka people speak Japanese. In New Delhi people speak Hindi, English and at least 16 other official languages.

Osaka is the third largest city after Tokyo and Yokohama. New Delhi is the capital of India.
Osaka is the commercial capital of Japan and functions as one of the command centers for the Japanese economy. Commerce, services, and manufacturing are the three major industries. New Delhi is situated within the metropolis of Delhi and serves as the seat of the Government of India and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Government and quasi government sector is the primary employer in New Delhi. The city's service sector has expanded due in part to the large skilled English-speaking workforce that has attracted many multinational companies. Key service industries include information technology, telecommunications, hotels, banking, media and tourism.

The overall cost of living rank in Osaka is 8 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from New Delhi to Osaka will experience a change in cost of living of 56.1%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Osaka is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to New Delhi with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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