Japan Submits Bid for 2025 World Expo in Osaka (News)
Paris, April 24 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government on Monday filed a candidacy for the western Japan city of Osaka to host the 2025 World Exposition with the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris.
France has already submitted the bid of Paris, which is likely to be a tough rival for Osaka.
The deadline for submitting bids is set at May 22, and the BIE will select the host city by a vote by member states at its general meeting in November 2018. The Japanese plan is based on the theme "Designing Future Society for Our Lives."
The papers for Japan's bid to host the event were submitted by Japanese Ambassador to France Masato Kitera, Osaka Governor Matsui Ichirō and Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) Chairman Sakakibara Sadayuki, who serves as head of the bidding committee for the envisaged Osaka exposition.
At a press conference later on Monday, Sakakibara said he hopes that the Osaka exposition would be an opportunity for visitors to see a future society Japan plans to present. Matsui said that Osaka wants to compete well with Paris although the French capital is a powerful rival.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]