Agricultural Trade Office
ATO Osaka was established in 1992 in order to more fully serve our most important market for agricultural exports. In the past, with most public and private Agricultural Trade Promotion presence focused in the Tokyo region, many import opportunities in Western Japan were not fully realized. Under the motto "working at every level of the distribution chain," ATO Osaka is where the rubber meets the road for U.S. agricultural exports from Shiga Prefecture to Okinawa.
ATO Osaka specializes in helping companies with some Japanese market presence to expand their distribution through three key sectors: retail, wholesale and food service. This is accomplished through participation in specialized trade shows, as well as working directly with identified target companies in getting more U.S. product on the shelf (which often takes the form of an American promotion).
As part of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service team in Japan, ATO Osaka is attached to the American Consulate General in Osaka-Kobe, and ATO Tokyo is attached to the American Embassy in Tokyo. Both offices engage in strategic trade promotion and market intelligence activities for American high-value and value-added consumer-oriented food products in coordination with a vast network of USDA-funded cooperator trade organizations and state governments representing various small and medium-sized enterprises across the country.