Press Release

2024.03.29 AOKI Munetaka Appointed as Special Supporter of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan

The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition (hereinafter referred to as “the Association”) is pleased to announce that AOKI Munetaka has been appointed as a Special Supporter, thus becoming part of a group of supporters for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan (hereinafter referred to as “the Expo”) who lend their support with promotional activities. (Appointed on March 28, 2024)

Special Supporter AOKI Munetaka is from Yao City, Osaka Prefecture, and he is active as an actor who has ties to the Kansai region, including having served as a “Charm Ambassador of Yao City”. As his first activity as a Special Supporter, at the “1 Year to Go Before the Opening of the Expo Event ~Towards a brighter future for all~” that the Association will hold on Saturday, April 13, 2024, he will appear on stage and greatly enliven the event with other guests and MYAKU-MYAKU, and will cooperate with the various promotional activities for the Expo domestically and internationally.

【Bio of AOKI Munetaka】
Born in 1980. Gained attention in 2007 when he appeared in the NHK TV drama series “Chiritotechin” and in the NHK Taiga historical dramas “RYOMADEN”, “Taira no Kiyomori”, “Segodon”, and “The 13 Lords of the Shogun”. Recent major appearances include the “Rurouni Kenshin” movie series, the Academy Award-winning “Godzilla-1.0”, the Korean blockbuster “THE ROUNDUP : NO WAY OUT”, and the Hulu original series “The Decagon House Murders”.  “Missing” is scheduled for release on Friday, May 17.

【Comment from AOKI Munetaka】
Taro Okamoto’s “Tower of the Sun” is a symbol of my heart that I have grown up seeing since I was a child, as I was born in Osaka. Even after more than half a century, it continues to pass on an incredible legacy.
Just as many people once gathered, witnessed it, were moved by it, and etched it in their memories, I now feel that there are experiences that must be shared.
From Osaka to the world. As an Osakan, I would like to make Expo Osaka, Kansai, Japan a place of creativity that will lead to the future and make the Expo serve as a baton for the next generation.

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■What is a “Special Supporter”?
Special Supporters are groups of supporters for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan where people, groups, characters, etc. with many fans and supporters can use their influence to convey the attractiveness and philosophy of the Expo.
The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition will continue to increase the number of people interested in the Expo by having various people join as Special Supporters.

Global Communications Department, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition