A total of 153 countries and regions have now officially announced that they will attend the 2025 Osaka-Kansai Expo. This surpasses the government’s target of 150, minister for the World Expo Naoki Okada announced at a press conference. Ukraine, currently fighting off an invasion by Russia, has not yet confirmed its participation. Okada called on Ukraine to join the expo and promote ideas and appealing aspects of the country. Regarding Russia, which has already announced its intent to participate, he said, “If the current situation remains unchanged, their participation is not expected.”

The current breakdown is as follows:

  • 19 countries from Asia, including China and South Korea; 24 countries from the Americas, including the United States and Canada
  • 39 countries from Europe, including the United Kingdom, Germany and France
  • 12 countries and one region from the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Iran
  • 45 countries from Africa, including Egypt and South Africa
  • 13 countries from Oceania, including Australia and Samoa.

The number of participating countries and regions have set a new record for an expo held in Japan.

The Osaka, Kansai Expo 2025 is scheduled for Yumeshima, a man-made island in Osaka Bay, from April 13 to October 13, 2025.