Expo 2025

Expo 2025 (Japanese: 大阪万博2025) is a forthcoming World Expo sanctioned by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which will be held in Osaka, Japan. It will take place for six months during 2025. This will be the second time Osaka hosts a World Expo, having previously hosted Expo 1970.[1]

2025 Osaka
BIE-classUniversal exposition
CategoryInternational Registered Exhibition
MottoDesigning Future Society for Our Lives
VenueYumeshima Island, Konohana-ku
Coordinates34°39′12.7″N 135°23′11.1″E
Bidding22 April 2017
Awarded23 November 2018
Opening3 May 2025
Closure3 November 2025
Universal expositions
PreviousExpo 2020 in Dubai
NextExpo 2030
Specialized expositions
PreviousExpo 2023 in Buenos Aires


On 22 November 2016, France submitted to the BIE its candidature to host World Expo 2025.[2] This first submission launched the bidding process for this Expo by opening the candidate list. All other countries wishing to organise World Expo 2025 had until 22 May 2017 to submit their own bids, after which the project examination phase started.

The Azerbaijani capital entered its candidacy before the deadline[3] under the theme "Developing Human Capital, Building a Better Future".

Osaka made its official bid for the Expo on April 24, 2017[4] with the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.[5]

The Russian city entered its candidacy on 22 May 2017[6] under the theme "Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations".

Withdrawn Candidates

France, which had been the first to declare its candidacy[7] under the theme "Sharing our Knowledge, Caring for our Planet," withdrew its candidacy on 21 January 2018 due to financial concerns and Protests against Emmanuel Macron.[8]


A secret ballot took place to select the winner at BIE's 164th General Assembly on 23 November 2018. The first ballot awarded 85 votes to Osaka, 48 votes to Yekaterinburg and 23 votes to Baku. This meant that Baku was eliminated and a second round ballot held which gave 92 votes to Osaka and 61 to Yekaterinburg.[9]


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  2. Jérôme, Béatrice (2016-11-22). "La France candidate à l'Exposition universelle de 2025". Le Monde.fr (in French). ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  3. "Baku bids for World Expo 2025". azernews.az. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  4. "Osaka launches formal bid to host 2025 World Expo". www.mainichi.jp/english/. Archived from the original on 2017-04-28. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  5. "Japan submits bid for World Expo 2025". www.bie-paris.org. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  6. "World Expo 2025". www.bie-paris.org. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  7. "World Expo 2025". www.bie-paris.org. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  8. "France drops bid to host 2025 World Expo". Reuters. 2018-01-21.
  9. BIE https://www.bie-paris.org/site/en/news-announcements/expo-2025-en/japan-elected-host-country-of-world-expo-2025
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