What to expect at Osaka 2025 World Expo

The Expo has confirmed the participation of 106 countries and seven international organisations as of May this year.

The Expo is themed “Designing a future society for our lives”.
The Expo is themed “Designing a future society for our lives”. Photo Credit: Osaka 2025 World Expo

Osaka 2025 will be held on the man-made Yumeshima Island in Osaka Bay, with construction of the expo site to begin in April 2023. The Expo flag was handed over to Japan at the closing ceremony of Dubai 2020.

The 2025 Expo will run from April 13, 2025 till October 13. It is expected to attract 28 million visitors, of which 3.8 million are from overseas. Japan hopes to welcome 150 countries and 25 international organisations. According to the latest Expo update this month, 106 countries and seven international organisations have officially confirmed their participation.

Hiroyuki Ishige, secretary general of the Japan Association for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai shared in his official update that Japan aims to showcase a vision of society in the future through the implementation of mobility solutions, virtual reality, and advanced systems for sustainable site management.

Themed “Designing a future society for our lives”, Osaka 2025 will feature eight signature pavilions produced in collaboration with well-known Japanese filmmakers, anime creators, writers, musicians and scientists.

These experts have been asked to envision structures that would connect people to living in the future. One of the highlights at the Expo includes a zone to showcase artificial intelligence, robotics and biotechnology to spark ideas.

Organised by Bureau International des Expositions, the Expo committee recently called on Japan residents and citizens to name the mascot for Osaka 2025, which draws inspiration from Japan’s colourful Expo logo showing interlinked red cells to symbolise life and creation.

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