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.