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Monday, December 06 2021 - 17:00
Osaka Holds Big Party Presented by Executive Committee of Midosuji Party to Promote Expo 2025
OSAKA, Japan, Dec. 6, 2021 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

To build momentum for the EXPO 2025 Osaka, Kansai, "Nakanoshima Winter Party - 
Road to EXPO 2025 -" was held in the city of Osaka on November 28.

The event was organized by the Executive Committee of the Midosuji Party 
comprising the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments and other entities.


Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura and Mayor Ichiro Matsui declared the party open.

Kenji Wakamiya, minister for the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka, told an 
audience of some 4,500 people, "I'd like you to help build momentum for the 
EXPO 2025 Osaka, Kansai." 

Wakamiya urged the audience to encourage more countries to participate in the 
expo. "We plan to invite 150 countries to participate in the expo. But to 
achieve that, we need to secure participation by 90 more countries. I'd like 
you to share the attractions of the expo with the world through social media."

Two groups, who will perform in the Dubai Expo's Japan Day on December 11, also 
participated in the party. A special unit comprising local vocational school 
students and comedian Charlotte, who has over 1.35 million followers overseas, 
sang songs, and OSK Nippon Revue Company celebrating the 100th anniversary of 
its founding in 2022 performed a dance.

Hiroyuki Ishige, secretary-general of the Japan Association for the 2025 World 
Exposition, said the organizer will try to reduce waiting time before entering 
pavilions during the expo. "People have the image that they have to wait a long 
time to enter a pavilion at an expo, but we'd like to reduce it as much as 
possible, preferably to zero," he said.

Noting "Reborn" is the theme of the Osaka Prefecture/City pavilion, Mayor 
Matsui said he expects the pavilion to show Osaka is actively promoting 
people's health.

"We'd like to create an Osaka health pavilion to provide visitors with 
opportunities to have various experiences, including those involving preventive 
medicine, to help people enjoy a long life, and demonstrate to the world that 
Osaka is playing a key role in promoting health," the mayor said.

The popular pop duo and expo ambassadors Kobukuro capped the party with a live 

Source: Executive Committee of the Midosuji Party