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Osaka officials capped a last-minute round of personal lobbying efforts in Paris to win the 2025 World Expo, which will be decided Friday.

While convinced that Osaka has the superior technical bid, concerns about the city’s rivals remains strong. In addition, the arrest of Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn in Tokyo earlier this week for alleged financial misconduct had Osaka media wondering Thursday whether that might hurt Osaka’s chances.

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