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2025 World Exposition Assessment Committee Compiles a Report

In December 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established 2025 World Exposition Assessment Committee (chair: Mr. Nobuyuki Koga, vice chair of KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation)). Since then, the study group held three meetings before the end of March 2017, and had discussions on Japan’s goal of standing as a candidate country to host the exposition. METI hereby announces that the committee compiled discussion results into a report in light of the public comments submitted concerning the exposition.

1. Background and Purpose

In November 2016, Osaka Prefecture compiled a report titled “Draft Basic Concepts Concerning the 2025 International Exposition” In response, in December 2016, METI established a Study Group for the 2025 International Exposition, consisting of representatives of economic communities, experts in a variety of fields, officials from municipalities, and other stakeholders as members. Since then, the study group has been discussing a range of issues which are necessary for Japan to decide whether to stand as a candidate country to host the 2025 International Exposition. Following this, from March 17 to 31, 2017, METI called for public comments on this issue and received 31 opinions. Based on these opinions as well, the study group indicated basic directions for the 2025 International Exposition and also compiled discussion results into a report outlining the study group's opinion that Japan should immediately stand as a candidate host country for the 2025 International Exposition.

2. Outline of the Report

(1) Significance of hosting the exposition

Japan believes that the significance of holding the 2025 International Exposition in Osaka in the Kansai region, Japan, lies in that [i] Japan has scientific and technological strengths, an altruistic spirits, and a unique artistic culture with a heightened respect for animation, which will be the keys to future society ; [ii] it is one of the world’s most user-friendly (e.g. accessibility) and safest countries; [iii] it provides environments in which participants are able to easily and freely communicate their ideas; [iv] it can serve as an example of a sustainable society that is able to overcome the damage caused by natural disasters and coexist with nature; in addition to other strong points that enable Japan to implement new ideas and accelerate innovation, demonstrating the society of the future.

(2) Basic Philosophy (draft outline)

Humans face a variety of threats, such as potential survival risks caused by disasters, food shortages, disease and violence; the fierce competition, wealth disparity, and confrontation associated with globalization and informatization; and advanced technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence and biotechnology) that are causing people to redefine their priorities in life. These events provide good opportunities for humans to ask themselves what a happy life truly consists of. In response to this, through the 2025 International Exposition, Japan will stimulate people’s curiosity and thereby provide all participants with an opportunity to jointly create a vision of a future society and economy in which individuals are able to live their lives to their fullest potential and enjoying true prosperity.

(3) Main Theme and Sub-Themes (draft proposal)

  • Main theme: Designing Future Society for Our Lives
  • Sub-themes: How to Lead a Healthy Life in a Diverse Manner
    Sustainable Socioeconomic Systems

(4) Directions for Implementing the 2025 International Exposition

Japan will provide visitors and exhibitors with opportunities to gain new awareness through exchanges and experiences that drive them to take new actions, thereby making the international exposition an impetus for the world to create the society of the future.

Moreover, as people can choose from an abundance of leisure activities and types of media at the event, Japan aims to create an exhibition which will inspire people and organizations from around the globe to travel to Japan to attend or participate in the event due to the incredible variety and awe-inspiring quality and user-friendliness of the amazing exhibits displayed there. To this end, for example, the organizer will collaborate with contents providers across Japan to enable participants to experience the concepts of the 2025 International Exposition in concrete dorms.

Regarding potential sites for the 2025 International Exposition, Japan will develop sites in which people can communicate with each other and relax, in a harmonious setting with a deep connection to the natural environment, taking advantage of the waterfront and other features of the area.

(5) Other General Information

  • Location: Yumeshima Island, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
  • Duration: May 3 to November 3, 2025 (185 days)
  • Number of visitors (assumption): 28 million to 30 million
  • Construction cost for the venue (assumption): approximately 125 billion yen
  • Economic impact (estimate): Those related to construction: approximately 0.4 trillion yen; those related to operation expenses: approximately 0.4 trillion yen; and those related to consumption: approximately 1.1 trillion yen

Note: In addition to these figures, the 2025 International Exposition in Japan is expected to have indirect effects (e.g., expansion of markets in fields related to concepts and visions presented at the international exposition and an increase in corporate investment).

Release date

April 7, 2017

Division in Charge

International Exhibitions Promotion Office, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group

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