|The Significance and Achievement of the EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan
Director-General, General Coordination and Policy Planning Department Kansai Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Former Assistant Secretary-General, Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition
Nippon Gomu Kyokaishi,(2007),80(3),112-118 General Review in Japanese
When international exhibitions faced difficulties, the EXPO 2005 was succeeded in showing the continuous significance and a new model for international exhibitions or world fares. In order to emphasize and deepen the EXPO's themegNature's Wisdomhtoward solving global problems and to stir citizens to action, a variety of experimental projects were conducted from four viewpoints: application of cutting-edge technologies; adoption of new social systems; participation by NGOs and citizens; sharing of diverse cultures and values. These experiments were deeply interconnected and served as a model for sustainable society. The EXPO 2005, which had a major impact on the mindset and behavior of over 22 million visitors, particularly young people, earned an international reputation as agleading projecthof the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development from 2005 to 2014, which was proposed during the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, South Africa, and adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2002. As a part of international exhibition movement, the EXPO 2005 is communicating its concepts and achievements at every opportunity in the international arena in order to realize the aim of contributing to the solution of global issues.
EXPO 2005 Aichi, 2005 World Exposition, International Exhibition, World Fare, ESD (the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development)