In a bilateral meeting between Premier Giorgia Meloni and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for the handover of the G7 duty presidency, the next Universal Exposition in Osaka in 2025 (Expo 2025) was a key topic of discussion.
Kishida noted that Italy had become the first nation to organize the ceremony for laying the first stone of its pavilion at the Expo site on December 19, months ahead of other participating countries, thanks to close cooperation with Japanese companies.
Premier Meloni emphasised the collaborative effort and confidence behind this achievement. She said it sends a positive message about Expo’s goals and aligns with the Italy-Japan strategic partnership launched in January 2023.
“This path takes us towards Expo 2025 Osaka, an event Italy intends to contribute to in line with the spirit of friendship and cooperation we are experiencing,” stressed Giorgia Meloni during the joint press conference. “I am very proud that Italy was the first nation to start the construction of its pavilion. This shows the importance that we give to this event.”
Italy – Japan trade
Activities of the Italy Japan Business GroupTrade support trade between Italy and Japan, currently valued at €15billion. Aerospace, AI, and high technology are among the sectors of greatest interest for development between the two countries. All of this will be highlighted during Italy’s participation in Expo 2025 Osaka.
Ambassador Mario Vattani, the Commissioner General for Italy at Expo 2025 Osaka, highlighted the significance of Italy’s involvement in the event. He said, “It will be a global showcase, which will give our ‘Country System’ the opportunity to become better known in the Asia Pacific area. It’s a great opportunity to develop agreements and attract investments.”
The framework agreement signed by the Commissioner General with CRUI – COPER – AFAM of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research aims to promote the excellence of Italian universities and research centres internationally. It focuses on both artistic and scientific fields through activities, projects, and programs related to the themes of Expo 2025 Osaka.