November 23, 2018 / 4:06 PM / 20 days ago

Osaka wins vote to hold 2025 World Expo fair

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PARIS, Nov 23 (Reuters) - The Japanese city of Osaka will host the 2025 World Expo, after beating Yekaterinburg in Russia and Baku in Azerbaijan in a vote to host the fair.

Members of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris held a ballot on Friday after representatives from the three candidate cities made final presentations of their proposals earlier in the day.

The World Expo events, which cost millions of dollars/euros to prepare and last up to six months, can help shine a spotlight on host cities, drawing visitors from home and abroad.

Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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