Past world’s fairs brought the world such wonders as the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris Wheel and Seattle’s Space Needle.
Leaders in Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, are hoping the expo will revitalize a city that has lost much of its luster to Tokyo. Osaka proposed an expo on a man-made island on the theme of “Society 5.0” and how to leverage robotics and artificial intelligence for the public good.
Cities in Russia, Japan and Azerbaijan are about to find out which one of them gets to host the 2025 World Expo, an event expected to draw millions of visitors and showcase the local economy and culture.
World Expos are held every five years; Milan hosted the last one in 2015, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is set to host the next one in 2020. Cities also hold specialized exhibitions in the interim years. No U.S. city has hosted a world’s fair since the 1980s.
They can last up to six months and cost millions of dollars to host, but can help put a city on the global map by bringing in international visitors and attention.