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Groundbreaking ceremony for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai held two years before the event

14:56 | 09/05/2023

(Construction) - The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 13, two years before the opening of the event, at the Yumeshima site in Konohana-ku, Osaka City. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and 255 guests attended the ceremony.

"There are great expectations for the Expo which will face people’s life. We will do our utmost to build momentum,” said Prime Minister Kishida. Chair of the association Masakazu Tokura expressed his determination to make the Expo a world-class event. The theme of the Expo is "Designing Future Society for Our Lives. The event will be taken place from April 13 to October 13, 2025 at the site with a space of approximately 155 hectares. 

At the ceremony, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura, said, "The Expo is a great opportunity to showcase Japan's cutting-edge technology," and Minister for the World Expo 2025 Naoki Okada said, "We will do our best to bring dreams and surprises to young people and children around the world and in Japan. I wish for the safety and success of the construction work.”

Representing the local community, Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura expressed his determination saying, "We will work together to create new values to make the Expo a wonderful event and pass the baton to the next generation.” Architect Sou Fujimoto, who serves as the venue design producer, said, "Construction has finally begun. With the Grand Roof to be built over the venue, we will carry on the history and traditions of Osaka, Kansai and Japan, and create the future."

As of March 24, the number of countries, regions and international organizations that have officially announced their participation has reached 153 countries, regions and 8 international organizations, surpassing the goal of 150 countries. Thirteen private-sector pavilions will be constructed.

Groundbreaking ceremony for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai held two years before the event
Groundbreaking ceremony for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai held two years before the event
Groundbreaking ceremony for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai held two years before the event

Among the facilities to be developed by the association, the bids for facilities were unsuccessful due to the high difficulty of construction and the rising costs of materials, equipment, and labor before the contractors were selected at the second bid. The invitation for contractors of the event hall, which will be used for ceremonies and large events, was announced again on March 30 after the second bid was unsuccessful. (2023/04/14)

The Daily Engineering and Construction News of Japan

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