Leaving no stone unturned in his campaign to win the bid to host the 2025 World Expo at Yumeshima, Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui has set off to Malaysia and Pakistan in an effort to gain their votes.
Both countries have not made clear whether they intend to vote for Osaka or one of its two remaining rivals, Ekaterinburg in Russia and Baku in Azerbaijan.
Last month, Matsui made similar visits to Hungary, Denmark, and Italy.
The Osaka prefectural and city governments have been strongly campaigning to open an IR at Yumeshima in 2024 and then host the World Expo right next to it the following year.
The decision on the host city for the 2025 World Expo will be made by the Bureau International des Expositions next month.
Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui and Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura have indicated that, due to impact of the coronavirus, it is currently not possible to set a precise timeline for an operator consortium partner or to predict when the Yumeshima IR can finally open its doors. “During the global spread of the new coronavirus, we have had […]
Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui announced at a Thursday press conference that an extra six months would be necessary for IR operators to submit all of their plans for the RFP process, and that realistically the coronavirus impact will result in a one or two year delay in the opening of the Yumeshima IR, perhaps to […]
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Osaka has thrown in the towel on the prefectural government’s long-cherished cherished prospect of opening its Yumeshima IR before the 2025 World Expo. Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui explained, “People currently cannot travel between Japan and the United States. Opening before the World Expo was already going to be a tough climb, but with movement now […]
Defending himself against media questions regarding Osaka’s potential loss of leverage against the MGM Japan-Orix bid in a context in which they are now the only IR consortium bidder, Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui insisted that he was still willing to refuse their offer if it isn’t at an acceptable level. “If they try to take […]