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The Exhibits of Global Common Five (April 28, 2005)

Global Common 5 (Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition)
From March 25 to September 25, 2005, the 2005 World Exposition is taking place in the eastern hills of Nagoya, which is located in the center of Japan in Aichi Prefecture. Including the host nation Japan, there are 121 official participating nations, 4 international organizations, and a number of NPOs and NGOs. Using the theme of "Nature's Wisdom," the first World Exposition of the twenty-first century will seek out ways for humankind and nature to enjoy a sustainable coexistence and propose models for global society in the coming age. EXPO 2005 aims to draw 15 million visitors. The official participants will be holding their exhibitions in Global Commons, common areas that group participants together by region and provide both individual and shared space. The six Global Commons are linked by the Global Loop, which will allow visitors to enjoy a virtual walk around the world. A total of 30 countries in Africa will hold their exhibits in Global Common Five, where they will be joined by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, which will hold exhibits at the NEDO Pavilion.

The Cultures of Africa
The highlight of Global Common Five is the large-scale Africa Pavilion, which brings together 28 African countries and has the atmosphere of an African bazaar. The participants are Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Each of the countries has its own booth, allowing visitors to traverse this diverse continent, and there are common displays as well, featuring African masks, costumes, and utensils. Visitors will be able to touch African musical instruments and participate in workshops on tribal dances.

Holding their own, separate pavilions in Global Common Five are Egypt and the South Africa. The Egyptian Pavilion is divided into three zones representing the past, present, and future of the country that stands at the crossroads of Africa and the Middle East. Exhibits will show visitors how the ancient Egyptians in the time of the Pharaohs dealt with their natural surroundings, while also examining the country's present, including its integration into the global economy, and the ways in which the country is aiming for a better future. South Africa's Pavilion, whose theme is "The Rhythm of Life," will present that nation's cultural diversity, rich history and heritage, and advanced technology.

Characteristics of Global Common Five
Located near the West Gate and the Japan Zone, this is the most compact of the Global Commons. The lower section contains the head office of the EXPO Association and related facilities. Also in Global Common Five is the NEDO Pavilion, where visitors can experience cutting-edge Japanese technology. A giant robot welcomes visitors when they enter the pavilion, which is divided into the Pre-Show Area and the Theater Area. The Pre-Show Area features exhibits and images showcasing research and development in such fields as nanotechnology, biotechnology, and new energy. In the Theater Area, meanwhile, visitors can view a 3-D video presentation depicting home life in a future society.

Next door to the NEDO Pavilion is a new-energy plant. Garbage from restaurants in the venue will be converted into fuel used to power fuel cells. The plant will generate the same amount of energy as that used by the Japan Pavilion Nagakute.

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