Japan hopes Malaysian firms will take part too


  • Nation
  • Monday, 21 Jul 2003

BY DEVID RAJAH

KUALA LUMPUR: The Japanese government hopes private companies here will participate in the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, together with the Government, which confirmed its participation on June 9. 

The Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry assistant press secretary and International Press Division Director Jiro Okuyama said recently the Government could get the private sector involved, decide how to collect the necessary funding and what display they had in mind for the exposition. 

He said the exposition, held mostly in developed countries once in five years, would be held between March 25 and Sept 25, 2005, a total of 185 days, within an area of approximately 173ha.  

This includes Seto City, Nagakute Town and Toyota City in the Aichi Prefecture.  

Okuyama, in an interview in Tokyo last month, said the Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan, themed Nature’s Wisdom, would be exciting and unique as it was aimed at finding new directions for solving global-scale problems confronting humanity in the 21st century. 

Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan, would also seek to realise new ideals for cultures and civilisations and promote cultural exchange. 

According to the exposition’s official pamphlet, about 15 million people were expected to visit the exposition, which was also popularly known as “Exposition of Global Harmony.”  

Every aspect of the expo site will blend leading-edge technology with the spirit of nature’s wisdom.  

The expo site can be accessed by Japan’s first in-service magnetic levitation type linear motor car – an environmentally-friendly system, free from noise and vibration, while the site construction was being carried out under the 3R principle – reduce, reuse and recycle to have zero emission. 

The site has been subdivided into 10 zones, beginning with the Global Commons where participating countries and international organisations will take small and large pavilions. 

The central zone will house the main pavilion known as the global house. 

Those who need additional information can contact the Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition at www.expo2005.or.jpor e-mail voicebox@expo2005.or.jpor get in touch with the Japanese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. 

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