The 1970 Osaka Expo was held close to my home when I was a sixth-grade elementary school student, and I visited it 21 times over the six months it was open. It was all the rage back then to meet people from around the world and collect badges from the pavilions. I collected 64 badges—the third most in my school! The atmosphere of camaraderie at the expos really struck a chord with me, and I’ve since served as head of the supporters’ group of the Japan Industry Pavilion at Shanghai and as Japan Pavilion supporter at both Milan and Astana. Dubai will play an important role in paving the way for the Expo 2025 OSAKA KANSAI, JAPAN. I’ll do my best to make the Japan Pavilion a success to hand over to Osaka.
Japan Pavilion PR ambasador