Osaka has won the rights to host the 2025 World Expo, edging out Russia’s Yekaterinburg and the Azerbaijan capital of Baku.
The 2025 World Expo is officially known as the Osaka-Kansai Japan Expo, a reflection of the effort to promote the bid as one with the support of the wider Kansai region, which includes the neighbouring cities of Kyoto, Nara and Kobe.
The theme will be Designing Future Society for Our Lives, and it will be held on Yumeshima, a man-made island in Osaka Bay, between May 3 and November 3.
Pavilions are slated to showcase advanced technologies, particularly in the fields of artificial intelligence and biotechnology, and designed to help meet 2030 United Nations sustainable development goals in health and welfare, especially in ageing societies.
About 28 million visitors are expected to attend the 2025 event and new transportation links to Yumeshima will have to be built, with construction costs estimated at 125 billion yen (US$1.1 billion), financed by the central government, Osaka Prefecture and the city of Osaka, plus the Kansai business community.
The World Expo returns to the city 55 years after the 1970 Osaka Expo, which drew 64 million visitors.