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