Dates03/05/2025 - 03/11/2025
ThemeDesigning Future Society for Our Lives
Japan was elected host country of World Expo 2025 by Member States of the BIE during the 164th General Assembly on 23 November 2018.
Japan will continue to work with the BIE to formalise its World Expo project and will submit a definitive implementation plan, known as a registration dossier. This dossier will be submitted to the BIE at least five years before the opening date of the Expo, so that it can be formally registered by the General Assembly.
The overarching theme of World Expo 2025 Osaka, Designing Future Society for Our Lives is supported by two subthemes:
• How to Lead a Healthy Life in a Diverse Manner• Sustainable Socioeconomic Systems
It aims to focus on human lives.
The theme calls on each and every individual to think about their own aspirations and empower them to realise their full potential and push forward the worldwide effort to create a sustainable society that embraces all such aspirations.
It aligns with global efforts to tackle the common international community issues outlined in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within three specific focus areas: Saving Lives, Empowering Lives, and Connecting Lives. A pivotal step in achieving these goals will be the actualisation of Society 5.0, Japan’s catalysing initiative to empower individuals to confront head-on the issues of the times, by leveraging the technological breakthroughs in the Internet of Things, AI, robotics and big data, among others. Expo 2025 Osaka will be a place to co-create a sustainable society that can support the aspirations of all through the sharing of new ideas from each participant.
The venue, Yumeshima Island (which literally translates as dream island) is a man-made island owned by Osaka City. This allows authorities total freedom to design and develop the infrastructure required for an optimal Expo experience.
With its captivating views of the Seto Inland Sea, its continuous light breeze, and its proximity to central Osaka—only 20 to 30 minutes from downtown—Yumeshima Island can live up to its name as a dream venue for the Expo.
The Kansai region, with Osaka as its hub, is a region with a daring spirit to challenge, a rich culture that blends the traditional with the modern, and advanced life-sciences technologies as well as other fields.
The city has borne many unique ideas and inventions, like instant ramen, karaoke, and conveyor-belt sushi that have had great, long-lasting benefits to the daily lives of many.
For more than 1,600 years, the Kansai region, which includes the cities of Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto, was home to Japan’s capital. Nara was called the eastern-most stop on the fabled Silk Road, serving as a gateway to ideas and influences from around the world.
Astoundingly, half of Japan’s National Treasures, and 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found in the Kansai region.
Osaka, Kansai has been recognised one of the world’s safest, most secure and liveable cities.
Osaka hosted a World Expo in 1970 and a Horticultural Expo in 1990.