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Osaka named host of World Expo 2025

Japan seeks to generate $17.7 bn in economic benefits

Keidanren honorary chair Sadayuki Sakakibara, second from left, celebrates with other Japanese government officials and business leaders after the host city for the World Expo in 2025 was announced.
Keidanren honorary chair Sadayuki Sakakibara, second from left, celebrates with other Japanese government officials and business leaders after the host city for the World Expo in 2025 was announced.   © Kyodo

PARIS -- The major Japanese city of Osaka was selected Friday to hold the World Expo in 2025, beating Russia's Ekaterinburg and the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

The Bureau International des Expositions chose the city at its General Assembly here via secret ballot, with 156 dues-paying countries voting among the 170 member states of the BIE. Japan won the most votes in the first round at 85, then prevailed over Russia in the runoff with 92.

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