"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
Database of Japanese Politics and International Relations
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Message from Prime Minister Kishida on the Occasion of the Event Marking One Year to the Opening of Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai

[Date] April 15, 2024
[Source] Cabinet Public Affairs Office, Cabinet Secretariat
[Notes] Provisional translation
[Full text]

There is now one year to go until the curtain rises on Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. The World Expo is again coming to Japan.

The theme of the expo, "Designing Future Society for Our Lives," poses a fundamental question to us. In an era in which the future is uncertain because of division and confrontation, what can we do to make all lives on earth into ones that shine brightly?

We are now called to spread the wings of our imagination to the world's future possibilities and take action. I very much look forward to this grand event of the World Expo serving as a catalyst setting that in motion.

The Expo venue will offer visitors a glimpse of the society of the future. For the visitors coming to the Expo from every corner of Japan and nations around the world, and especially for the children, who will be tomorrow's leaders, this will surely be an unparalleled experience as they savor a taste of what the future holds.

For all involved, including the local governments, the business community, and the national government, over the upcoming year until Expo 2025 opens, let us press forward in our preparations united in an "all Japan" effort to together create an expo that will carve out the future. And, let us together lead this endeavor to certain success.

I very much look forward to having an inspiring and invigorating experience in Osaka together with all of you one year from today.