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Japan Day Held at Expo 2020 Dubai

- Promotion Done for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai -

December 13, 2021

Japan Day (a National Day dedicated to Japan) was held on December 11 (Sat.) at Expo 2020 Dubai which is currently underway. On the day, various events were held to convey the charm of Japan to the world in preparation for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai.

Japan Day (a National Day dedicated to Japan) was held on December 11 (Sat.) at Expo 2020 Dubai which is currently underway in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In light of the global spread of the Omicron variant, some changes have been made to the initial content of the event. Nonetheless, the event took place with an official ceremony, performances that conveyed the charm of Japanese culture, and other programs, showcasing the country to the world.

At the official ceremony attended by the delegates from Japan and the UAE, H.E. Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology, and Mr. Isomata Akio, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United Arab Emirates, delivered speeches as representatives of UAE and Japan respectively. The ceremony then moved onto performances showcasing Japan's diverse culture. The program included Japanese taiko drum, Aikido, and Nanchu Soran dance by students of the Japanese School in Dubai. At the luncheon, a video message from Mr. Wakamiya Kenji, Minister for the World Expo 2025, was screened, who congratulated all on the success of Expo 2020 Dubai, and expressed his gratitude for the UAE's announcement of its intention to participate in Expo 2025.

Welcome Events about Japanese culture were held at the four gates of the venue to welcome visitors. Then, Japan Pavilion attendants and other crew members paraded through the Expo venue with PR banners for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai. It was a special day in which the whole venue came alive with Japanese colors. 

For more information about each event, please see the Appendix.

Reference: Outline of the Japan Pavilion

Theme of the Japan Pavilion:

Where ideas meet

Lead organizing ministry:


Co-organizing ministries:

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Participating organization:

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Area of the site:

Approximately 5,161.8 square meters


From October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022

Virtual Japan Pavilion and 2025 message entry site

Expo 2020 Dubai Japan Pavilion leaflet

Division in Charge

International Exhibitions Promotion Office, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group

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