Press Release

2023.04.13 Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, Ground-Breaking Ceremony Conducted

The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition (hereinafter referred to as “the Association”) held a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan (hereinafter referred to as “the Expo”) in Yumeshima, two years before the opening of the Expo.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by a total of 255 guests, such as government officials including Cabinet members, members of the Diet, local assembly members, prefectural governors, mayors of ordinance-designated cities, and officials of the Association such as Official Participants, exhibition participant companies, sponsor companies, contributors, constructors, producers, senior advisers and ambassadors.
In addition, 16 officials including Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio, NISHIMURA Yasutoshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry; and OKADA Naoki, Minister for the World Expo 2025, performed a groundbreaking ceremony to pray for the safety and success of the construction work for the Expo.
The Association will hand over the site to the Official Participants and exhibitors of pavilions for private sectors in April, and construction of the venue will proceed in full swing.

Overview of ground-breaking ceremony

Date and time: From 1 pm to 2 pm, Thursday, April 13, 2023
Ceremony Venue: Yumeshima, Konohana ward, Osaka City (the Expo site)
Contents: Greetings from guests, greetings from the parties concerned, ground-breaking ceremony
Attendees: A total of 255

【Officials who broke ground】 ※Title of honor omitted
・KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister
・NISHIMURA Yasutoshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
・OKADA Naoki, Minister for the World Expo 2025
・NIKAI Toshihiro, Chairperson, Promotion Headquarters for EXPO 2025, Osaka, Kansai, Japan, LDP/ Chairperson, All-party Parliamentary Group for making a success of Expo 2025, Osaka, Kansai, Japan
・YOSHIMURA Hirofumi, Governor of Osaka Prefecture
・MORI Kazutomi, Chairperson, Osaka Prefectural Assembly
・YOKOYAMA Hideyuki, Mayor of Osaka City
・OHASHI Kazutaka, Chairperson, Osaka City Council
・MIKAZUKI Taizo, President, Union of Kansai Governments
・MATSUMOTO Masayoshi, Chairman, Kansai Economic Federation
・TORII Shingo, Chairperson, Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry
・Elisabeth BERTAGNOLI , Official Participant, Ambassador, Austrian Embassy, Tokyo
・Marc KUIPERS, Official Participant, Consul General, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Commissioner General of Section
・KIWAMI Shin, Osaka Kansai Expo 2025 Ambassador
・TOKURA Masakazu, Chairperson, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition
・ISHIGE Hiroyuki, Secretary General, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition


Public Relations Department, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition