Expo Osaka 1970

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Expo Osaka 1970

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Expo '70 (日本万国博覧会, Nihon bankoku hakuran-kai) was a World's Fair held in Suita, Osaka, Japan between March 15 and September 13, 1970. The theme of the Expo was "Progress and Harmony for Mankind." This was the first World's Fair held in Japan. Seventy seven countries attended the event, and within six months, the number of visitors reached 64,210,000 people. In Japanese Expo '70 is often referred to as Ōsaka Banpaku (大阪万博). This fair was one of the largest and best attended expositions in history.

Like the 1964 Summer Olympics, Expo '70 was a success and served as a symbol of the extremely rapid development of Japan in the 1960s. It was held in Suita, a suburb of Osaka. When it was chosen as the site for the event, it was a rural district covered with bamboo forest. For Expo '70 infrastructure was created and the surrounding area was developed. The site for the world fair was planned by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange.

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