Expo 2025 Osaka gains momentum with 130 nations on guest list so far

Expo 2025 in Osaka, western Japan, is gaining momentum as 130 countries and regions have confirmed their participation in the global event so far after marking 1,000 days until the opening.

Hungary, Fiji, Mauritius and Mauritania on Friday joined 126 countries and regions as well as eight international organizations, such as the United Nations, which have already confirmed their participation in the event.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (1st row, 2nd from right) attends an event in Tokyo to promote the 2025 World Expo in Osaka on July 18, 2022, 1,000 days before its opening. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

On July 18, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida participated in a “1,000 Days to the End!” conference. event in Tokyo and said, “Using in a new era through advanced technologies, I would like to make this (the Osaka exhibition) an opportunity to solve social problems.”

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during an event in Tokyo to promote the 2025 World Expo in Osaka on July 18, 2022, 1,000 days before its opening. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

The Expo’s official character nickname was announced as “Myaku-Myaku”, selected from more than 33,000 submitted nominations, at the event, while a countdown ceremony was held on the same day in the host city of Osaka.

In Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, adjacent to Osaka Prefecture, a demonstration flight of a “flying car” was held in front of guests from the prefectural government and businesses.

The 5.7 meter long, 5.6 meter wide and 1.7 meter high vehicle with a capacity of two people climbed about 30 meters above the ground and successfully flew a distance of about 840 meters without anyone on board.

It is scheduled to be in service at Expo 2025, which will be held from April 13 to October 13 under the central theme “Designing the future society for our lives”.

In an online meeting Thursday of the National Governors Association, Kenji Wakamiya, minister for the 2025 World Expo, said the expo would be an “ideal opportunity to revitalize local economies.”

Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura said, “I hope local charms will be spread through the Expo,” asking other governors to cooperate in making the event a success.

Yoshimura also expressed his desire to create a framework similar to a host city program, through which locals and Expo 2025 visitors can mingle and foster friendship.

The Japanese government aims to attract participation from 150 countries and regions, as well as 25 international organizations, to the World Expo.

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