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Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 14:15 - 15:15


"2019: The Year of Osaka"

Ichiro Matsui, Governor of Osaka Prefecture

Hirofumi Yoshimura, Mayor of Osaka

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

For Osaka Prefecture and city, 2019 is one of the busiest years in decades.

In late June, Osaka city hosts the Group of Twenty (G-20) Leaders' Summit, which is expected to attract 30,000 people, including nearly 30 presidents and prime ministers to the region for what may be the largest gathering ever of world leaders in Japan. Osaka is expected to issue an "Osaka Declaration" at the summit on what it will do to support the international issues G-20 is expected to address.

In late 2018, Osaka won the right to the 2025 World Expo. Preparations are now underway to host anExpo for a second time. In addition, Osaka is a front-runner for one of Japan's first integrated casino resorts. Several international casino operators have set up shop in Osaka, aggressively competing to be selected. A decision by Osaka leaders on the winner could come later this year.

All of this takes place as efforts by Matsui and Yoshimura to merge Osaka's municipal wards continue despite strong opposition by other political parties, and just before Osaka voters go to the polls in early April for prefectural and municipal assembly elections that will affect the fortunes of both men and their Osaka Ishin Kai (One Osaka) party.

To explain the Osaka merger plan, preparations for, and contributions to, the June G-20 summit, and to provide an update on Osaka's quest for an integrated casino resort and it's efforts toward the 2025 World Expo, please join FCCJ as it welcomes Osaka Gov. Matsui and Osaka Mayor Yoshimura.


5F Marunouchi Nijubashi Bldg., 3-2-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005

Doors open for TV crew at 13:30, For all others at 13:45, still cameras included.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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Ichiro Matsui                      Hirofumi Yoshimura


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