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NIPPONIA No.31 December 15, 2004

Special Feature*
Countdown to Expo 2005
The next world exposition will be held in Japan, starting in March 2005. Over the last 150 years,world fairs have highlighted scientific and technical accomplishments, but Expo 2005 has a different focus—"Nature's Wisdom." Visitors will see how humanity, nature, science and technology can work in harmony for a better world. Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, the place chosen for Expo 2005, invites you to join in the adventure of the Expo.

"All seven million residents of Aichi are looking forward to giving a warm welcome to EXPO visitors from around the world," says Kanda Masaaki, the Governor of Aichi Prefecture.
We Hope to See You
at EXPO 2005!
The very first world's fair was the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, England, and one aim of participating countries was to show off their particular strong points. Japan's exposition in Aichi will be quite different. The Governor of Aichi, the prefecture that will welcome visitors from around the world, explains the significance of EXPO 2005.
Welcome Message from Kanda Masaaki, Governor of Aichi Prefecture
Photo credit: The Yomiuri Shimbun

The countdown continues to EXPO 2005 AICHI, JAPAN, opening on March 25, 2005.
EXPO 2005 will be held in central Japan in Aichi Prefecture, a convenient hub for rail, road, sea and air transportation. Nearby, the new Central Japan International Airport, known as Centrair, will open for international and domestic flights in February, the month before the start of the exposition.
More products are manufactured in Aichi than in any other prefecture in the country. The variety of industries is tremendous, from motor vehicles and high-tech aviation and space ventures to traditional crafts like pottery and hand-made textiles. Our prefecture is home to Japan's third largest metropolis, Nagoya (only Tokyo and Osaka are bigger). We also have a beautiful natural environment, rich culture and proud traditions. With all this, and the work being done to get everything in top shape, we look forward with great anticipation to EXPO 2005 in Aichi.
The ongoing globalization of communication and transportation is making it ever easier for people, information and goods to travel across borders. This gives Aichi a great opportunity to promote, through EXPO 2005, further international exchange. The EXPO will bring added vitality to our prefecture and give our region an added opportunity to contribute to the world.
Part of the Nagakute Area. At Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan, visitors will learn from nature's wisdom and explore ways to live in harmony with the natural world.
(Photo taken in May 2004)

The theme of EXPO 2005 AICHI is "Nature's Wisdom." Of all the world expositions held over the years, this is the first to be situated in such a beautiful natural setting. More than 120 countries and international organizations are officially participating, and their exhibitions and events will create a memorable international atmosphere. The latest in environmental and information technologies—many still in the experimental stages—will also be displayed. Come and join with people from around the world to experience the marvelous workings of nature and the mystery of living things. Come and explore the possibilities for culture and civilization in the 21st century.
The seven million people living in Aichi Prefecture are looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world. I sincerely hope you will join in the excitement at EXPO 2005 in Aichi.

The Two EXPO Sites


Nagakute Area(area: approx. 158 hectares)
(1) Japanese Government Pavilion (9) EXPO Dome
(2) Nagoya City Pavilion (Earth Tower) (10) NGO Global Village
(3) Aichi / Local Government Pavilion (11) Wanpaku Treasure Island
(4) Chubu Community for Millennial Symbiosis (12) Morizo & Kiccoro Messe
(5) Aichi World Plaza (13) EXPO Hall
(6) Bio Lung (14) Global Commons
(7) Global House (15) Corporate Pavilions
(8) Koi Pond    
Seto City(area: approx. 15 hectares)
(16) Aichi / Local Government Pavilion (18) Kaisho Plaza
(17) Japanese Government Pavilion (19) Citizens' Pavilion


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