Japan’s Minister for World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai, Hanako Jimi, has discussed the latest progress towards the World Expo during a working meeting with the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri S. Kerkentzes.

Minister Jimi visited the BIE headquarters in Paris to review the status of preparations of international participants and to cooperate on the technical steps being taken, less than one year ahead of the Expo’s grand opening.

During the meeting, the Minister and the Secretary General agreed to maintain close coordination between the Government of Japan, the Expo 2025 Organiser and the BIE in order to foster greater momentum towards the Expo in Japan and around the world. Discussions also focused on the upcoming International Participants Meeting, being held in June 2024, in order to facilitate exchanges as final plans for exhibition content and logistics are being put in place.

Construction on pavilions and Expo facilities is in full swing at the Expo site on Yumeshima. Image credit: Japan Association for the 2025 Exposition (X/@expo2025_japan)

The meeting follows the Secretary General’s Technical Visit to Japan earlier in April, and the one-year countdown to the opening of the Expo, which was marked by a series of activities events, and announcements. With pavilions taking shape on site, preparations are also gathering pace in relation to the Expo’s programming and activities in relation to its theme, “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”. The provisional calendar of events has been released including National Day and Theme week plans; and the number of TEAM EXPO co-creation partners has risen to over 370, accounting for more than 1,500 co-creation challenges.

A total of 161 countries and 9 international organisations have confirmed their participation in Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. International Participants are in the process of finalising their content and exhibition design, and those with Organiser-built pavilion will be able to start on-site preparations from Autumn. In late 2023, the first plots were handed over to countries with self-built pavilions, followed by a succession of groundbreaking ceremonies as on site construction reaches peak activity.

The BIE Secretary General stated: “With less than a year until visitors arrive at the site on Yumeshima, we are now in the final stretch of preparations for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. It falls upon the BIE, Japan and all international participants to take this opportunity to proactively work together to deliver a World Expo that strengthens connections across borders and reaffirms all aspects of life on earth.”

Expo Minister Hanako Jimi stated: “Japan continues to work closely with the BIE to ensure the success of Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.”

World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai will take place on a 155-ha site on Yumeshima Island between 13 April and 13 October 2025. The Expo will address the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”, with its three subthemes being Saving Lives, Empowering Lives and Connecting Lives.