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Osaka: a bustling metropolis looking to the future

By Staff Writer
September 08, 2023
~Having hosted Japan’s first G20 Summit in 2019, the city is now gearing up to host the World Expo 2025~

About Osaka

Osaka, Japan’s third largest city by population, is located roughly in the center of Japan and is further divided into 33 cities, 9 towns, and 1 village. Osaka has a population of approximately 8.82 million (as of October 2018), or about 7% of the nation's total, making it the third most populated city after Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture. In addition, approximately 220,000 foreigners, or about 9% of the nation's total, reside in Osaka (as of December 2016). Osaka is a metropolis with high-rise office buildings and commercial facilities in the city center and a well-developed transportation system, including a railroad network. On the other hand, it is also a city that has inherited a history of prosperity as the political, economic, and cultural center of Japan since ancient times, and still retains historical buildings and landscapes such as ancient tombs, temples, shrines, and Buddhist temples. From the 17th century onwards, Osaka flourished as a trade center where rice and other specialty products gathered from all over Japan were traded, and it was called "Tenka no Daidokoro" (the Nation's Kitchen).
Osaka Castle
Osaka is also known as a town of "Kuidaore" (a city where you eat until you drop) due to its vast culinary scene. Flour-based foods, or "Konamon," such as Takoyaki (a fried dough ball with octopus filling) are very popular.
Osaka's famous food: Takoyaki (a fried dough ball with octopus filling)

Host city of Japan’s first G20 Summit

In 2019, Osaka was the center of global attention as the host city of Japan’s first G20 Summit.The G20 Summit is an annual international meeting attended by the leaders of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Turkey, in addition to the G7 members (France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada, and the European Union).

“Wa” was the theme of the G20 Osaka Summit promotional video. “Wa” is a word that symbolizes Japan and Japanese culture, and it has many meanings such as "connection," "equilibrium," "harmony," and "peace.”
An earth globe and flags of each country

EXPO 2025

In 2025, an international exposition will be held in Osaka. The City of Osaka will work to realize an Expo that breaks with conventional wisdom, solves global issues, and is exciting for visitors from around the world.

The theme of the Expo is Designing Future Society for Our Lives and the sub-themes are (1) Saving Lives; (2) Empowering Lives; and (3) Connecting Lives.
The Expo concept is (1) A space where 8 billion people from around the world will not only view exhibits but will co-create our future society;(2) An online platform for sharing challenges and solutions from around the world will be launched before the Expo begins ;and (3) A place where the world’s knowledge such as cutting-edge technology will be brought together to create new ideas, and shared to help resolve global issues faced by mankind.
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