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Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition

The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition was established in January 2019 in collaboration with the national and local governments and the business community. In November 2018, it was decided at the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), that the World Expo 2025 will take place in Osaka, Kansai, Japan. Ensuring the success of this Exposition will require collective global wisdom and the whole of Japan to unite for preparations. The Association will prepare and manage the main Expo event, and through the success of this Expo, aims to contribute to the achievement of the UN’s proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as growth of Japan’s industry and culture.


  1. 2019.05.28
    “Designing Future Society for Our Lives” website page launched.
  2. 2019.05.23
    Appointment of Directors
  3. 2019.03.29
    Message from Chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi.
  4. 2019.03.29
    The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition website launched.
  5. 2019.01.30
    The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition established.




(Senior Executive Board Member)

Hiroaki Nakanishi Chairman, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation)

Vice Chairman
(Executive Board Member)

Masayoshi Matsumoto Chairman, Kansai Economic Federation
Hiroshi Ozaki Chairman, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the Kansai Area/ Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Hiroyuki Ikeda Co-Chairperson, Kansai Association of Corporate Executives
Yoshio Tateishi Chairman, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Hisashi Ietsugu Chairman, Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Akio Mimura Chairman, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Kengo Sakurada Chairman, Japan Association of Corporate Executives
Hirofumi Yoshimura Governor of Osaka
Ichiro Matsui Mayor of Osaka
Toshizo Ido President, Union of Kansai Governments

Secretary General
(Senior Executive Board Member)

Hiroyuki Ishige Former Chairman of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Vice Secretary General
(Executive Board Member)

Kiyoshi Mori Former Director-General, Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Hiroyuki Takeuchi Former Vice Governor of Osaka
Manatsu Ichinoki Former Managing Director of Kansai Economic Federation


Masatoshi Ohara Managing Partner, Kikkawa Law Offices
Hiroyuki Nakatsukasa Certified Public Accountant; President, Nakatsukasa Certified Public Accountants Office
(As of 9 July 2019)

Organization Chart

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(As of 16 July 2019)

Activities to date for bringing the 2025 World Exposition to Osaka, Kansai