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World Expo 2025

Four countries are candidates to host World Expo 2025: France (in Greater Paris), Japan (in Osaka), the Russian Federation (in Ekaterinburg), and Azerbaijan (in Baku). The 170 Member States of the BIE will elect the host country at the 164th General Assembly in November 2018.


World Expos, known officially as International Registered Exhibitions, are organised every five years. The themes of World Expos are designed to raise awareness of and find responses to universal challenges of our time. The next World Expo will take place in Dubai (UAE) between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021 under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.


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3. About Osaka

Osaka City, a major metropolitan city in Japan, is located in the heart of the Kansai region.

The Kansai region, former site of the capital of Japan, has long been an important political, economic and cultural centre. With a population of 22 million, the region boasts a high-quality transportation network with its “Shinkansen” bullet train, highways, and Kansai International Airport.

The region contains many attractions; Kyoto, Nara and Kobe are rich in cultural heritage and are home to prominent UNESCO world heritage sites. The region is also famed for its variety of traditional Japanese dishes, or washoku. 

Almost fifty years ago, Expo 1970 Osaka was organised with great success, attracting over 64 million visitors. Recently, the region has become a pioneer in advanced life-science research and environmental technologies. Thus, in the quest of solving these universal challenges, the region is seeking to host World Expo 2025.

2. Proposed Site

The proposed venue, Yumeshima, which means “Dream Island”, is located around 10km from the city centre of Osaka, so the existing urban functions are easily accessible. In addition, a scheme to extend the Metro line to the venue and to widen the roads in the vicinity is already at the planning stage. Moreover, accessing Yumeshima by sea can be easily arranged as it is an artificial island.

1. Proposed Theme

The theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives” is supported by two subthemes:

  • How to Lead a Healthy Life in a Diverse Manner
  • Sustainable Socioeconomic Systems

How can each of us lead happy, healthy, and joyful lives? How can we design an economic and social system to help realise this? Japan’s project is for World Expo 2025 in Osaka to be an occasion for all participants to tackle these challenges and to cooperatively envision a future society and lives by stimulating each other’s curiosity.

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Japan’s bid is for a World Expo in the city of Osaka between 3 May and 3 November 2025 under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.

All information is provided by the candidate.