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Osaka made its final pitch Wednesday in Paris to host the 2025 World Expo, emphasizing the Kansai region’s history as a center of Nobel-prize winning scientific research and telling expo delegates that the central government is willing to spend ¥24 billion to ensure 100 countries are able to participate in the event.

But questions remain whether Osaka, the government and business communities can effectively lobby enough delegates from the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions, the organization in charge of overseeing World Expos, to win the majority of the 170 votes needed before the final decision is made in November.

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