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Another appalling waste of money!

-4 ( +15 / -19 )

What is that character? A new Covid variant? A sea pineapple ("hoya") farmed on the Fukushima coast?

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danToday  04:52 pm JST

Another appalling waste of money!

It'll probably go way over budget, but I think it'll be fun. I'll try to wrangle some work out of it.

But the biggest waste is that ridiculous mascot, Myaku-Myaku. Not only does it look like Cookie Monster with his head stuck in a donut, but the name itself gets stuck in your throat even for Japanese people.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Will Japan be allowing foreigners into the country for the event?

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@KariHaruka, not unless they're on specially-designated and quarantined tours.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

With no foreign tourists and the inevitable covid quarantine/bubbles/cases, plus a local population terrified of foreigners, this looks like a very expensive way to showcase your nation to a handful of Japanese passers-by.

-3 ( +14 / -17 )

Will Japan be allowing foreigners into the country for the event?

If not so what? The world expo will be great without foreign tourists. I just came back from Kyoto and I did not see one foreign tourist. What a great trip.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

It is going to be great. Good job Osaka!

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

What does that hideous looking mascot have to do with the World Expo? It looks like the stuff of nightmares!

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Having a flying vehicle, not even a car per se, as the central piece of a "future society" is such a 80s concept. Then again much of Japan is stuck in the 80s so this fits the theme well.

Will Japan be allowing foreigners into the country for the event?

I bet they will create a bubble like the Olympic village.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

They gotta dump the mutated mascot-its gross!

5 ( +9 / -4 )

The mascot would be good as a coronavirus mascot. Given how glaciarly slow this joke of a government is taking to unlock the border, it will be the unwelcome guest - not the dirty foreigners who won't be allowed in to see the Expo.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

Purple,it look like the hideous mascot of the Olympics relative

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Why is one of the monster's from Stranger Things the mascot?

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proxy: "Why is one of the monster's from Stranger Things the mascot?"

LOL. It's literally a laughing stock amongst those who have seen it overseas that I know (which admittedly is not many, since no one cares about Expo). They did as they always do, though: pretend to hold a survey on what people think when it's already been decided. And they'll do the same thing when people laugh at it, too. Pretend they DIDN'T ask for an opinion and get all defensive. It really was a terrible idea, especially given that it looks like a virus.

Speaking of bad ideas: EXPO! At at time when the government is not offering even the assistance it promised shops and businesses and others affected in 2020, and saying there is no money for so much, they are wasting a gargantuan amount on another project to simply pat themselves on the back. And what are they going to showcase that they can't online in this day and age, or at foreign restaurants or a much cheaper "foreign food festival" or something of the sort? Flying cars? That was an idea 40 years ago that still isn't off the ground and really shouldn't be. I mean, I am sure if it is held, restrictions are lifted and people can come in and actually make it a world fair, there will be some fun in it, but not worth the price tag when people are suffering and domestic social problems.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

ミャクミャク? More like ウイルウイル.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura said, "I hope local charms will be disseminated through the Expo,

What, takoyaki? And what is the point of having local charms when most attending will be older Kansai people with fond memories of the previous Osaka Banpaku.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

Only the elites can afford a flying car so it is like telling the ordinary people that this is the future so give up your fossil fuel powered cars, walk for sustainable development. Remember what these people say - You will own nothing and you will be happy. Yeah right.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

What is the point of this? Seems a pointless waste of money. But then again, the Olympics were a great use of tax payer money! And Kishida probably won’t be in office for another 1000 days.

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…through which local people and visitors to the Expo 2025 can mingle and foster friendship.

On which planet are they going to find locals that know how to mingle with strangers?

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Hopefully they will have the borders open and masks off by then......

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A mutated "pon de ring" doughnut as a mascot???

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The monkeypox mascot?

How disgusting.

A walking talking hemorrhoid

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