“Think tank says 2025 Osaka Expo will draw 3 million visitors from abroad”

“Given the sharp increase in the number of visitors to Japan in recent years, the percentage of foreign visitors to the Osaka Expo is projected to rise to around 10 percent from the roughly 5 percent who attended the 2005 Expo in Aichi Prefecture. The Osaka Expo will bring positive economic effects totaling ¥1.3 trillion to the Kansai region and ¥2.2 trillion across the country, the think tank predicted.” – The Japan Times

“Japan’s Osaka to host 2025 World Expo”

“Shouts of joy in Japanese erupted in the Paris auditorium when the 170 member states of the Bureau International des Expositions voted Friday in favor of Osaka’s bid. Dark-suited officials hugged and jumped up and down, and Japan’s economy and trade minister, Hiroshige Seko, said he felt “Excellent! I’m excited! I also feel a heavy responsibility to make Expo 2025 successful.”” – PARIS (AP)