Japan’s Osaka wins bid to host 2025 World Expo

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - News -

The Ja­pa­nese city of Osaka will host the World Expo in 2025, af­ter beat­ing out cities in Rus­sia and Azer­bai­jan in the race to host an event ex­pected to draw mil­lions of vis­i­tors.

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.”

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