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Japan to go cashless at Osaka Expo in 2025

Event to be test bed for e-money involving 28 million expected visitors

Japan plans to go cashless at the 2025 World Expo at Osaka. (Source photos by Testuya Kitayama and Shihoko Nakaoka)

TOKYO -- Japan will banish physical cash from the venue of the World Expo 2025, to be held in Osaka, making, the country an unlikely champion for a cashless economy, Nikkei has learned.

Visitors to the next World Expo should expect to see no cash changing hands in restaurants and shops at the exhibition site, as the government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to make the Expo a cashless world's fair for the first time in the event's history.

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