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Osaka races Tokyo to open Japan's first Waldorf Astoria

Plan would see top Hilton hotel welcome guests before 2025 World Expo at earliest

A luxury hotel is to occupy a mixed-use building in a redevelopment project near Osaka Station. (Image courtesy of developers)

OSAKA -- A group of Japanese companies looks to build a luxury Waldorf Astoria hotel as a main attraction in an urban redevelopment project in Osaka, a city short on top-class accommodations.

Mitsubishi Estate and the other eight companies handling the project on the north side of Osaka Station hope that a Waldorf -- one of Hilton's crown jewels -- would draw affluent visitors from Japan and abroad. The new hotel at the earliest may open before the city hosts the World Expo in 2025.

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