Wednesday, December 6, 2023

U.S. passes measure to fund pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai

The U.S. Congress approved, and President Biden signed, the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes $25 million to support the U.S. Pavilion for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai — the first appropriation of its type.

This important demonstration of U.S. engagement in the Indo-Pacific region would not have been possible without Congressional support and, specifically, the leadership of Chair of the House Appropriations Committee Rosa DeLauro.

Through this budget, Congress has ensured U.S. participation in Expo 2025 will be commensurate with the nation’s commitment to the region and support for Japan during its host year.

InPark World’s Fair Editor Jim Ogul notes, “This is the first time there has been an appropriation for U.S. participation in a world’s fair since Brisbane Expo 1988.  Over the past 34 years the U.S. has attempted to fund world’s fair participation through private sector fundraising and this approach has been riddled with problems. Hopefully this step in a renewed Federal funding for world’s fair participation will restore the U.S. to the forefront in telling America’s story to world audiences numbering in the millions.”

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