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The government is expected to propose that Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) Chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi head the new body that will succeed the Osaka 2025 World Expo bid committee and oversee the organizing of the event, sources said Saturday.

The Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions on Friday night chose Osaka over Ekaterinburg in Russia and the Azerbaijan capital of Baku as the venue for the 2025 Expo, sparking hopes in Japan’s third-largest city that the event will give an added boost to the economy in the wake of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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