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Time to bring in migrant workers on the ‘Sakura Visa’ and make Osaka a sanctuary city so that nobody loses face

-25 ( +10 / -35 )

Well, either the Japanese accept the precipitous decline in their world standing or they opt for immigration to increase.

When rivers start to burst their banks, tunnels collapse, trains and buses don’t run, trash isn’t collected then there will be a forced change.

-27 ( +8 / -35 )

Osaka concerned over World Expo slow pavilion construction

At least during Tokyo Olympics you have IOC and Japan ex Prime Minister to push thing arround. For Osaka expo now there's not enought national attention compared to Tokyo Olympics.

"They were not interested because they know it will not be profitable," the representative said.

Tokyo Olympic wasn't profitable either.

-9 ( +12 / -21 )

Complete waste of money and resources that could have been put to a better use!

18 ( +28 / -10 )

I would also be concerned by my community throwing money down the drain for an activity that has never been demonstrated to be an economic benefit for any host in the modern era.

If you’re capable of making logical inferences, you can see the evidence here - https://www.bie-paris.org/site/en/faqs/119-financing-and-cost

Notice how there are excuses given as to why there are no records of the economic benefit to a host country instead of useful information.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

Arrange large marquees (tents) for anyone who comes. Governments can't justify the expenditure when their citizens are suffering from high interest rates and high inflation. Nobody is planning too far ahead given the chance of Covid 2, Cold War 2 or WWIII. Governments have broken the planet in the last few years, in case the organisers hadn't noticed.

Is it me or is that man-made island a bit low in the water, given rising sea levels, extreme weather etc.

15 ( +19 / -4 )

The Olympics is a huge business for the IOC and the global advertisers.

Not the host, prior pandemic host countries can expect flux of visitor coming and spend money during their visit. However there was no significant visit during that time.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Tokyo-2020-Olympics/With-Tokyo-Olympics-over-debate-looms-on-covering-financial-loss

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

Happens at every world expo. At the end all is well.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

I've never really understood the point of an expo in these modern times. It seems very Victorian and outdated. Spend the money on building and maintaining a nice park I say

20 ( +25 / -5 )

I've never really understood the point of an expo in these modern times. It seems very Victorian and outdated. Spend the money on building and maintaining a nice park I say

Now each Industry run it's own event every year so yes, no need for massive expo to cover many industries.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

I would certainly go to it and for all those too elderly to visit abroad then it is a perfect way to enjoy foreign culture

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

Agree, large marquees etc, would cut costs but concept of expo itself very dated.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Are they still expecting people to pay 7,500円 to attend an unfinished event?

Is it me or is that man-made island a bit low in the water, given rising sea levels, extreme weather etc. - GBR48

The artificial islands were one of the most expensive civil engineering projects in modern history. Kansai international airport is also situated on one and is actually sinking. The whole airport was built in a way that it could be raised every few years. Fascinating from an engineering perspective but mind boggling why anyone would build an airport you know will eventually sink.

The islands on the whole were a failure. They were envisioned to be the new international economic hub of Kansai but it never panned out. They're largely disused with the massive amoints of empty space mostly being used for events like music festivals.

The expo seems largely an attempt to salvage the historically massive boondoggle that was the artificial islands.

-3 ( +16 / -19 )

I've never really understood the point of an expo in these modern times.

Neither does anyone in this current age, but any excuse to set fire to a massive heap of cash, and you can bet that Jgov will be queueing up for the opportunity.

-5 ( +13 / -18 )

who really needs this expo here?

why all of us have to sponsor this meaningless tax wasting?

0 ( +14 / -14 )

I'd like to see a list of countries that can't find pavilion-building contractors. There could be 100 of them, or possibly more. And if that's the case (and who's arguing whether I'm 10 or 20 over-estimating?), will the Japanese governments involved allow all those countries to bring in their own skilled trades to the do work? And on top of that, will the Japanese governments involved allow those countries to bring in their own building materials? Answer to both questions - NO. Osaka goes down like the proverbial white elephant - a man-made island that's useless. I suggest Osaka builds housing there, with a few nice parks. Otherwise, use it as a garbage dump, or maybe a new nuclear reactor location.

Pfft!

-9 ( +7 / -16 )

Capuchin

Are they still expecting people to pay 7,500円 to attend an unfinished event?

I'd give them Y7500 just to get rid of that horrific mascot.

12 ( +16 / -4 )

Why build a new one. Brown envelopes?

we have Banpaku Kinenkōen. It’s amazing place. The museum is world class so are the gardens. Just put some tents and takoyaki stalls.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

Tokyo Olympic wasn't profitable either.

how about checking the prices of apartments in the Olympic Village. Not the free ones given to LDP members though…

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

The event suits the country that is defiantly stuck in the analog age. Shame they are wasting tax payer money for it though.

-10 ( +8 / -18 )

I suggest Osaka builds housing there, with a few nice parks.

Manmade islands that are very low lying in an earthquake prone country, and hat are slowly sinking anyway, aren't the best of places for housing. At one stage they were looking to use one if them as a replacement venue for the Japanese F1 Grand Prix, but not sure if that plan is going anywhere.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

In Kobe, there are two manmade islands with housing, hospitals, hotels, conference centers, and railways.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

"Concerns are growing..."

Really? I wasn't concerned. I haven't heard anyone being particularly concerned. Who exactly is concerned?

6 ( +7 / -1 )

"Construction would be much smoother if the event were pushed back by six months to one year," an official at a general contractor told Kyodo News."

This would be a non brainer solution in most other countries.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Osaka Ganbare!

Better work faster or Osaka Expo 2025 will be forgotten by Saudi Expo 2030 which is showing an unlimited funding to put together the most impressive Expo in history.

-13 ( +5 / -18 )

AH

"Concerns are growing..."

Really? I wasn't concerned. I haven't heard anyone being particularly concerned. Who exactly is concerned?

It's in the first sentence of the article. But, that would require reading the article, not just the headline.

"Concerns are growing among the organizers of the 2025 World Exposition..."

and later in the article (again, requiring reading):

"Concerns have also spread to the central government, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida..."

and

"Amid a heightened sense of crisis, the organizers, the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition,.."

2 ( +4 / -2 )

these expos are such a waste of money and time. just cancel it nobody cares

6 ( +9 / -3 )

I wish the UK would rebuild the Crystal Palace. I would certainly pay to see that.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Expo? Who cares? Waste of time. We have this thing called the Internet available, if you want to share your culture, or whatever the point of expos is supposed to be.

If humanity is going to stand a small chance of avoiding really catastrophic climate disaster (well beyond what we're seeing now), we're going to have to STOP wasting vital resources and creating CO2 and other waste just to bring trivial events like this into existence. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Expo '86 in Vancouver rocked! Anyone remember Expo Ernie? I was only 6, but I still remember many of the pavilions. Japan has an opportunity to really make a good impression at this Expo. Don't blow it!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Told you Osaka and Japan were not ready for or appropriate choices for Expo!

"The organizers have demanded the government exclude workers engaged in the expo's construction from the new regulation...(which would be much more strict on or outright ban overtime work)". Tells you everything you need to know about many facets of the nation.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

We had the Expo in Milan. After the Expo Milan became the most visited city in Italy, overtaking Rome. The improvement was not only in tourism but had also attracted capital. Sure you can see everything on the internet but it will never have the same value as when you see it in person. People still need to dream and to see their dreams come true.

Chinami ni, The Japan Pavillon was the most visited at the Milan Expo.

Ganbare Osaka!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Have you noticed smart countries like Switzerland and the Netherlands don't indulge in hosting these giant mega attention seeking events?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

quote: After the Expo Milan became the most visited city in Italy.

Yeah, but nobody likes or wants tourism any more.

quote: I wish the UK would rebuild the Crystal Palace.

And plant a mini rainforest in it. That would be fabulous.

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