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Osaka Pavilion costs for 2025 World Expo increase by $17 mil. from initial estimate

The exterior image of the Osaka Pavilion to be exhibited at the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka is shown in this image provided by the general incorporated association in charge of running the facility.

OSAKA -- Expenses for the Osaka Pavilion facility, which will be exhibited by the Osaka Prefectural Government, Osaka Municipal Government, and others at the 2025 World Exposition in west Japan, are predicted to balloon to around 10 billion yen (about $70 million), some 2.5 billion yen (about $17 million) more than the initial estimate, it was revealed.

    An optimistic outlook when estimating costs, as well as a rise in prices are apparently the causes of the soaring expenses. The prefecture and city will submit supplementary draft budgets to their local assemblies, and are planning to shoulder the extra costs by splitting them evenly.

    The Osaka Pavilion is characterized by a vaulted ceiling and large roof comprising numerous triangles made of glass. It has been revealed that the complex structure costs an enormous amount. On top of this, soaring prices of resources including glass and iron amid the Ukraine crisis is said to have led to the increase in facility costs.

    The general incorporated association in charge of running the pavilion announced Sept. 15 that it chose Takenaka Corp. as the party with the first refusal right for transaction regarding construction work. Though expenses for building the facility were estimated at about 7.3 billion yen (about $51 million), the general contractor presented the price 19.5 billion yen (some $136 million), greatly exceeding the estimated amount. The selection committee gave Takenaka Corp. an overall score of "minus 153.57 points" out of a full 300 points, but it remained as a candidate as another company pulled out. Considering the possibility of changing plans including the roof shape, discussions will apparently be held to reduce the construction costs to around 10 billion yen, and a contract is set to be exchanged around the end of November.

    Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui said at a Sept. 15 press conference, "A price beyond our expectations has been presented. We have been giving orders to reduce the cost."

    (Japanese original by Masaki Ishikawa, Osaka City News Department)

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