The International Planning Meeting (hereinafter referred to as IPM), the first international conference with regard to Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan (hereinafter referred to the Expo) began on October 25, 2022. The IPM was held for not only those governments and international organizations that have already officially confirmed their participation but also those that have not yet done so.
The first day, October 25, opened with the opening remarks by HANEDA Koji, Commissioner General of the Exhibition, and Dimitri Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), followed by sessions to deepen each meeting attendee’s understanding of the Expo theme and its three sub-themes. Experts provided explanations and case studies in order to deepen understanding of the theme and the three sub-themes of the Expo. In the ” EXPO 2025 Masterplan overview ” session, ISHIGE Hiroyuki, Secretary General, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition, explained the basic plan and current preparations for the Expo, and presented the latest design of the Expo site in 3DCG format of fly-through video for the first time. In other sessions, the secretariat of the Association explained the status of each project.
1. Name of the meeting: International Planning Meeting
2. Schedule: From Tuesday, October 25, 2022 to Wednesday, October 26, 2022
3. Venue: Osaka International Convention Center, RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka (Nakanoshima, Kita ward, Osaka)、Yumeshima (Konohana ward, Osaka)
4. Participants: Expo directors from governments and international organizations to which the invitations to participate in the Expo were sent
5. The main programs of Day 1 (October 25) (Title of honor omitted)
Dimitri Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)
HANEDA Koji, Commissioner General of the Exhibition in Japan
■“Theme of EXPO 2025”
▽Introducing the Expo’s theme and subthemes (Explanation from the three perspectives)
YOSHIDA Kenji, Professor, Director-General, The National Museum of Ethnology
SAWA Yoshiki, Director, Osaka Police Hospital
IKENOBO Senko, Headmaster Designate, Ikenobo
■Theme of EXPO 2025 (explanation of 3 subthemes)
▽Explanation of 3 subthemes (Saving Lives, Empowering Lives, Connecting Lives)
Oussouby SACKO, Deputy Chairperson, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition
▽ Case studies regarding three subthemes
(Introduction of initiatives by TEAM EXPO 2025 program participants and others)
・Saving Lives inochi WAKAZO Project
・Empowering Lives Techlico Inc.
・Empowering Lives Art hearing aid “Toiro”
・Connecting Lives Cabinet Office、Kamishihoro-cho, Hokkaido
■EXPO 2025 Masterplan overview and preparation status
ISHIGE Hiroyuki, Secretary General, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition
In addition, the status of each project, including the Virtual Expo and visitor transportation, was explained.
Public Relations Department, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition