Regarding Russia's participation in the 2025 Osaka-Kansai Expo, Foreign Minister Hayashi acknowledged that the military invasion of Ukraine is not currently envisioned as being incompatible with the philosophy of the Expo.

More than 100 countries and regions have indicated their intention to participate in the 2025 Osaka-Kansai Expo, and Russia also announced its participation in April last year before the military invasion of Ukraine began. ..

Regarding this, Foreign Minister Hayashi said at the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on the 27th, "Russia's invasion of Ukraine is incompatible with the idea of" designing a future society that shines with life, "which is the theme of the Osaka-Kansai Expo. Russia is not expected to participate unless the current situation changes. "

In addition, Minister Hayashi was asked whether it meant not allowing participation, saying, "When making a decision at some point prior to the year of the event, 2025, if this situation continues, it will of course not be accepted. I'm still not sure what the situation will be, so I'm saying it's not expected. "