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November 2023

Osaka Expo 2025: A Looming Crisis in Construction and Awareness

By | 未分類

As the 2025 Osaka Expo approaches, there is growing concern that the construction of pavilions may not be completed in time. The potential for rushed organization raises doubts about attracting local Japanese visitors.

In the April 2023 local elections, Osaka’s political party, Osaka Ishin no Kai, won decisively, leveraging unrealistic propaganda about transforming Yumeshima into an international tourist city through a casino project, all while deliberately keeping the residents of Osaka Prefecture unaware of the significant issues plaguing Yumeshima.

Many Osaka residents, known for their reserved nature, remain oblivious to being misled. Additionally, foreign pavilion construction managers are still in the dark about the complexities of Yumeshima, due to the lack of communication from the Japanese side.

Numerous brokers with limited architectural knowledge still mediate between these foreign managers and Japanese construction firms, hindering progress. As these discussions continue, international teams will gradually become aware of Yumeshima’s serious problems, potentially leading to disputes, especially among those eager to showcase their country’s uniqueness in Type A pavilions.

Eventually, the reality of the Expo and casino’s failures will become unavoidable for even the most reserved residents of Osaka. This situation could escalate to one of the most significant political scandals in post-war Osaka.

#OsakaExpo2025 #ConstructionCrisis #PoliticalScandal #YumeshimaChallenge #ExpoPreparation #GlobalAwareness #LocalPolitics #InternationalParticipation #ExpoDesignDilemmas #CommunityAwareness

Challenges in Expo 2025 Pavilion Construction Highlighted by Japan Construction Association Chair

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At a recent press conference, Mr. Hiroyuki Miyamoto, the chairman of the Japan Construction Association and president of Shimizu Corporation, expressed serious concerns about delays in the construction of foreign pavilions for the 2025 Osaka-Kansai Expo. He believes that the deadline for commencement has already passed and urged countries to quickly provide detailed designs and budget-backed orders.

The construction of foreign pavilions faces challenges such as rising material costs and labor shortages, leading to delays in contracts between countries and construction companies. Particularly, the independently designed ‘Type A’ pavilions require more time and manpower, making a shift to the prefab ‘Type X’ pavilions or simplifying ‘Type A’ structures increasingly practical.

Miyamoto mentioned that countries still wishing to start discussions with construction companies for a traditional ‘Type A’ pavilion would face difficulties unless they have a simple structure planned or have secured materials. Without special circumstances, completing these pavilions in time for the Expo’s opening could be challenging.

(Source Sankei Newspaper )

#Expo2025 #PavilionConstruction #JapanConstructionAssociation #ConstructionChallenges #OsakaKansaiExpo #InfrastructureDevelopment



The Vibrant Potential of Expo 2025’s Youth

By | Expo Osaka 2025

As Japan embraces the season of autumn leaves, Kyoto’s foliage stands out in its stunning beauty. I encourage everyone visiting Japan to witness the magnificent autumn colors in Kyoto.

In the midst of this natural splendor, political discussions in Japan, particularly regarding Expo 2025, seem trivial and misplaced in the national parliament. The media and various pundits engage in fruitless debates, missing the mark with both liberal and conservative arguments.

However, amidst these discussions, my recent interactions with some young foreign professionals involved in the Expo pavilions were deeply inspiring. Their logical thinking, earnestness, sincerity, honesty, humility, grace, kindness, charming smiles, impeccable appearance, openness, and striking presence truly impressed me. These remarkable young individuals are a testament to the potential and brilliance that the Expo 2025 brings to Japan, warranting a grand celebration of this event.

These young adults, hailing from diverse backgrounds and nations, embody the essence of diversity. Their presence is a breeding ground for new ideas and perspectives, infusing the Expo with fresh energy and innovative thoughts.

Indeed, the youth possess a unique charm, bringing new ideas and vitality, often offering fresh and innovative perspectives. These young individuals are treasures of humanity, potentially the new leaders of our future generations.

The discussion surrounding Expo 2025 should not just focus on ‘what’ to do, but ‘who’ we are doing it with. It’s about collaborating with these vibrant young minds from around the world, harnessing their potential to create a memorable and impactful Expo.

#Expo2025 #AutumnInKyoto #Japan #YouthLeadership #GlobalDiversity #InnovativeIdeas #CulturalExchange #FutureLeaders #GlobalYouth #AutumnBeauty #WorldExpoDiscussion

Low-Cost Strategy

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In August 1945, Mr. Isao Nakauchi, then a Japanese military officer, witnessed the end of World War II. Solely surviving the devastating losses his unit suffered against the United States, he carried the burden of being the lone survivor, a catalyst that inspired him to revolutionize the retail industry.

Nakauchi’s philosophy was grounded in the belief that consumers, not manufacturers, should determine product prices. This principle led him to implement an aggressive low-cost strategy, sparking a retail revolution in Japan and reflecting a significant shift in post-war societal values.

Nakauchi’s former residence in Ashiya (ASHYA ROYAL HOMES) , Hyogo Prefecture, was transformed into a luxury housing area for expatriates, a location I frequently facilitated for foreign rental clients.

Mr. Suzuki, the dedicated property manager, devoted his life to Mr. Nakauchi. Even after Nakauchi’s passing, Suzuki meticulously maintained the property, providing exceptional service in English to foreign residents. He continued this dedication until his retirement.

The journey of Mr. Nakauchi, from a military officer to a business magnate, illustrates the profound impact war veterans had on Japan’s post-war economy. His enterprise, Daiei Supermarkets, known as “Housewives’ Friend Daiei”, garnered immense support from Japanese housewives eager to minimize household expenses.

As we approach Expo2025, we at Dios are re-evaluating our supply chain to provide our international clientele with the highest quality at the most affordable prices. Our strategy is to offer services with a dual approach of high value and low cost.

#WWII #PostWarJapan #RetailRevolution #Daiei #JapaneseEconomy #BusinessInnovation #ConsumerEmpowerment #LegacyOfIsaoNakauchi #HistoricalImpact #TransformationalLeadership #Expo2025 #AffordableSolutions #SupplyChainInnovation

The Hidden Challenges in Pavilion Construction for Expo 2025: Intermediary Brokers

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As we approach the festive season, the Ritz-Carlton Osaka has once again adorned its lobby with a magnificent Christmas tree. However, the festive atmosphere contrasts sharply with the current status of foreign pavilions for Expo 2025. As of Christmas 2023, not a single foreign pavilion has commenced construction.

The delay in construction of foreign pavilions has been attributed to several factors:

1. Rising costs of building materials.
2. Shortage of skilled labor.
3. Language barriers between Japanese and foreign teams.

Yet, construction experts point out another critical issue that has not been widely acknowledged:

4. The presence of numerous intermediaries between foreign governments and Japanese general contractors, hindering direct communication.

This last point is particularly troubling. It appears that multiple brokers are involved, creating a bottleneck in the construction process.

From my experience, this is not limited to construction. Similar intermediary dynamics are observed in other aspects of Expo preparations. These brokers, hailing from both Japan and abroad, often lack the necessary expertise and seem more focused on their commissions than facilitating the construction process.

If these intermediaries are not acting as catalysts but rather as obstacles, delaying the construction, it raises a significant concern. Shouldn’t we consider removing these brokers to streamline the process? The situation calls for direct and efficient communication channels, eliminating unnecessary middlemen to ensure timely construction and preparation for the Expo.

#Expo2025 #ConstructionDelays #IntermediaryChallenges #DirectCommunication #PavilionConstruction #GlobalCollaboration #EfficientManagement

Building Challenges at Sakurajima Construction Site vs. Expo 2025 Site

By | Expo Osaka 2025

The photo featured here was taken at my construction site in Sakurajima, where I am working as a carpenter. Purchasing building materials and transporting them to the site is a laborious task. Reducing the distance even by 10 meters significantly eases the burden of carrying heavy loads.

To facilitate this, we try to bring the material-laden trucks as close to the site as possible. As you can see in the photo, there is a wide road in front of my construction site, which is immensely helpful.

Contrastingly, the situation at the Expo venue in Yumeshima is quite different. The roads there are yet to be fully developed. Moreover, essential infrastructure like sewage pipes appears to be still in the process of being laid out. Since sewage pipes are typically buried under the roads, paving cannot commence until this pipework is complete. Transporting heavy construction materials over an unpaved, uneven surface would be extremely challenging.

Therefore, it’s not just construction work that’s lagging behind at Yumeshima but the creation of an environment conducive to construction activities. The lack of proper infrastructure significantly impacts the pace and efficiency of building work, a challenge we fortunately do not face at our well-equipped Sakurajima site.

#ConstructionChallenges #SakurajimaSite #Expo2025 #InfrastructureDevelopment #HeavyLabor

A Chronological Perspective on Japan’s Political Situation Related to Expo 2025

By | Expo Osaka 2025

I wish to share a chronological perspective on the political situation in Japan related to Expo 2025.

In 2018, Osaka’s political party, Osaka Ishin no Kai, aimed to attract a casino to Yumeshima and therefore decided to host Expo 2025 there as a prelude to the casino. This plan involved using national funds to develop infrastructures like subways and other facilities for the casino in Yumeshima.

By 2022, the chairman of the Japan Construction Association, Yoichi Miyamoto, pointed out that construction would not be completed in time if things continued as they were. At this point, Osaka Ishin no Kai was fully aware of the issues surrounding the Expo and casino plans.

In April 2023, Osaka Ishin no Kai won a landslide victory in the local elections in Osaka. However, they did not disclose the problems with the Yumeshima plan to voters, instead promoting the success of attracting the Expo. This could be seen as a fraudulent tactic to win the election.

In May 2023, after their electoral victory, Osaka Ishin no Kai sought help from Prime Minister Kishida with the Expo, to which he readily agreed. His reasoning was to ensure that Osaka Ishin no Kai wouldn’t oppose the Liberal Democratic Party during elections or in parliament.

In August 2023, the second Kishida cabinet was formed, and Hanako Jijimi was appointed as the Minister for the Expo. However, she lacked the necessary leadership experience for this role.

Moreover, Prime Minister Kishida’s plan to send a top bureaucrat from the Ministry of Finance to Osaka was not suitable for the actual operation, as finance bureaucrats are accustomed to allocating budgets, not managing operations.

By September 2023, there were reports of blame-shifting between Osaka Ishin no Kai and Prime Minister Kishida. It seems that Kishida might have learned a bit about the issues in Yumeshima.

Prime Minister Kishida’s approval ratings continue to plummet, and his resignation seems only a matter of time.

In conclusion, the political situation in Japan related to Expo 2025 is disappointing. Both the local government of Osaka and the central government of Japan have shown poor management skills and a lack of capability in handling the situation.

As a Japanese citizen, I feel deeply apologetic towards our international guests for this inadequate political reception in Japan. The extent of embarrassment felt over this political failure is beyond words, and I sincerely apologize to all foreign visitors.

#Expo2025Osaka #JapanesePolitics #OsakaIshinNoKai #InfrastructureDevelopment #ElectionStrategy #GovernmentAccountability #PoliticalDynamics #ExpoPreparations #LeadershipChallenges #YumeshimaProject #PoliticalIssues #GovernmentIncompetence #KishidaCabinet #PoliticalResponsibility

Warmth Amidst the Cold: Reflections Post-Expo Meeting

By | Expo Osaka 2025

The Expo meeting has concluded. The photograph attached was kindly shared by one of our international participants from the Expo pavilion. Today, Osaka experienced a sudden drop in temperature, making it a particularly cold day.

Despite the chilly weather, I felt a heartwarming sense of warmth and camaraderie from our European counterparts. Their kindness and warmth in these colder times were truly appreciated.

#ExpoMeeting #WarmHearts #OsakaWeather #InternationalCollaboration #EuropeanWarmth #ThankYou #Networking #GlobalPartnership #CulturalExchange #ExpoReflections

Global Excellence at the Expo: A Morning with Inspiring International Representatives

By | Expo Osaka 2025

This morning, a photograph from the Expo Association captured a memorable moment that I recently had the privilege of experiencing. I met with representatives from various countries responsible for their respective Expo participation.

The impression they left was indelible: each one of them was exceptionally talented, earnest, and an exemplary figure of youth. Their collective brilliance left a lasting mark on me. Despite any potential gaps in our preparations on the Japanese side, I am wholeheartedly convinced that when such outstanding individuals from across the globe come together, pooling their diverse wisdom and insights, we can surely surmount even the most challenging of obstacles.

It’s a powerful reminder of the extraordinary potential that collaborative efforts hold on an international scale. Together, united in our diversity and shared goals, we can pave the way for meaningful progress and solutions.

#ExpoInnovation #GlobalLeadership #InternationalCollaboration #Expo2025 #CulturalDiversity #YoungTalent #GlobalSolutions #Teamwork #WorldExpo #InspirationalYouth #DiverseWisdom #UnityInAction

Nurturing Global Partnerships: Japan’s Response to Mexico’s Withdrawal from Expo 2025

By | Expo Osaka 2025

Recent reports indicate that Mexico 🇲🇽 has communicated its decision to withdraw from the Osaka Expo, stepping back from their planned construction of a TYPE-A pavilion. This development raises questions about the support and response of the Japanese Organizing Committee to participating countries.

If I were a member of the Japanese Organizing Committee, this would be my approach to engage and support our international participants:

1. “What challenges are you currently facing?”
2. “Is it a matter of interpretation, budget constraints, technical issues, or design?”
3. “If there are difficulties, let’s collaboratively work towards solving them as Japan, the host nation.”
4. “We, as the host, are fully committed to supporting the construction and participation of your pavilion.”

I firmly believe that a host country, armed with a warm and compassionate approach, can pave the way towards resolving such issues. Embracing our guests from abroad with understanding and support is essential to foster strong international relationships and successful global events.

#Expo2025 #GlobalPartnerships #JapanHost #InternationalCollaboration #CulturalExchange #MexicoWithdrawal #PavilionConstruction #ProblemSolving #GlobalEvents #InternationalSupport #CompassionateHosting