Planning for a city has to heed the divergent priorities that may arise based on environmental, economic, political and social perspectives. An economic development planner focuses on the city as a location for production, consumption and distribution activities. The city and its space are viewed as tools contributing to greater competitive advantage both in the state and national level. On the other hand, an environmental planner sees the city as a consumer using up natural resources and living of the land. The city is also a producer of wastes and hence it is the duty of an environmental planner is to help the city restrain its usage and manage its waste. The social equity planner viewed the city as conflicted within itself, for space, for rights, for opportunities between the different social groups. These are the three fundamental conflicts as presented in the triangle of conflicting goals for planning (Campbell, 1996). The political arena as a fourth pillar is a common ground which dictates how the rights of land, space, and men are protected. Given these four pillars, the essay aims to synthesize information on Osaka to present how the social, environmental, economic and political processes observed within Osaka interplay with each other, producing distinct spatial outcomes and giving rise to specific planning policy issues and responses.