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Application to Host the 2025 World Expositions

April 24, 2017

1. On April 24 (same day local time), Mr. Masato Kitera, Ambassador of Japan to France, visited the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and submitted a letter from the Prime Minister as the document declaring Japan’s bidding to host the International Registered Exposition (English (PDF)Open a New Window / Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window) to Mr. Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, Secretary General of the BIE.

2. Mr. Sadayuki Sakakibara, the Chairman of the 2025 Japan World Expo Committee and the Japan Business Federation; and Mr. Ichiro Matsui, the President of the Committee and Governor of Osaka Prefecture, were also present at the submission.

(Reference 1) Japan’s bid to host World Expo 2025 in Osaka

A report was compiled on the basis of the considerations carried out by business community representatives, experts in various fields, representatives from regional municipalities and others at the “2025 World Exposition Assessment Committee” from December 2016. On the basis of that report, on April 11 the Cabinet approved its applying to host World Expo 2025 in Osaka and its submitting a bid dossier to the BIE under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.

(Reference 2) Outline of the 2025 World Exposition Assessment Committee report

1. Theme : “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”
2. Subthemes : How to Lead a Healthy Life in a Diverse Manner
Sustainable Socioeconomic Systems
3. Location : Yumeshima Island, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
4. Duration : May 3-November 3, 2025 (185 days)
5. Number of visitors (assumption) : approximately 28 million to 30 million
6. Construction costs for the venue (assumption) : approximately 125 billion yen
7. Economic impact (estimate) : Construction-related: approximately 0.4 trillion yen
Operation expenses-related: approximately 0.4 trillion yen
Consumption-related: approximately 1.1 trillion yen

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