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Film director Naomi Kawase, winner of several Cannes awards, and roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro were among 10 producers named Monday for the World Exposition set to be held in the city of Osaka in 2025, as the nation began preparing for the event.

Kawase will also double as a senior adviser to the event. The expo, to be held for the second time in the city after one in 1970, will have no general producer in charge overall but instead will have 15 senior advisers.

The 10 producers, selected by the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition, are tasked with designing venues and planning pavilion exhibitions among other sites for the event, which is to be held on Yumeshima, a manmade island in Osaka Bay.

Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University whose creations include his “robot twin,” said at a news conference, “The expo 50 years ago had a great impact that can be felt even now. We would like to make the (next) expo one whose legacy will continue for another 50 years.”

The expo is slated to run for six months through Oct. 13, 2025, with its main theme as “Designing Future Society for Our Lives.”

Expo and exhibition planner Masaru Ishikawa is responsible for managing the venues and architect Sosuke Fujimoto will be in charge of designing them. The other eight producers will work on each of the eight focus areas in line with each area’s theme.

The other producers are animation director Shoji Kawamori, writer Kundo Koyama, biologist Shinichi Fukuoka, health policy expert Hiroaki Miyata, media artist Yoichi Ochiai, and musician and math educator Sachiko Nakajima.

The 1970 expo in Osaka attracted around 64 million people. In the history of the exhibitions, only the Shanghai Expo, in 2010, has attracted more visitors.

Expos, known officially as International Registered Exhibitions, are generally held every five years with their themes based on the greatest challenges of the time.

Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, host of the 2020 expo, has announced the event will be postponed by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic and will now run for half a year from Oct. 1, 2021.

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