Hitachi and KDDI to Jointly Exhibit in Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan’s “Future Life Expo: Future City,” a Project Showcasing a Future City

Hitachi, Ltd. (“Hitachi”) and KDDI Corporation (“KDDI”) will both serve as platinum partners sponsoring the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan’s (“the Expo”) “Future Life Expo: Future City” project (“the Future City”), part of the Future Society Showcase Project Exhibition, and collaborate for a joint exhibition. The two companies deeply identify with the project’s vision “A stage to highlight the future city of Society 5.0, a human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems,” getting involved as core companies in designing its concept during the basic planning process of the Future City. Eleven sponsors will collaborate and draw the image of the future city.

Overview of the Future City

In the Future City exhibition, the cyber and physical fields are fused, posing many questions to visitors to think about the image of future cities together. It will also assess the digital innovation and new values that will form the future city, born from the cross-fertilization of knowledge and ideas that transcend the boundaries of companies, organizations, and industries.
An image of the future city in 2030 is to be presented in which real and virtual exhibitions are fused at both the exhibition site and in the virtual venue KDDI will be providing. The exhibition will consist of a Theme Exhibition and a Common Exhibition, created together by all sponsors, as well as Individual Company Exhibitions on the following five themes.

#Theme of the Individual Company ExhibitionSponsors in charge
1Society 5.0 and Future CityHitachi, KDDI
2Food and AgricultureKubota
3Environment and EnergyNiterra, Hitachi Zosen, IHI
4Transportation and MobilityKawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsui O.S.K. Line
5Manufacturing and Urban DevelopmentKobe Steel, Asunaro Aoki Construction + Komatsu, CP Concrete Consortium

Concept by Hitachi and KDDI

The two companies will formulate the details of the theme of “Society 5.0 and Future City” by combining the know-how and technologies of the two companies who have been serving as providers of social infrastructure and platforms, they will aim for an exhibition where visitors can experience life in a future city in which people can thrive together. With “The Future City created by all” in mind, the ideas of visitors will be incorporated into the exhibition for citizens and companies to explore together the image of a society that reflects the issues that visitors to the exhibition care about.

Comment from Toshiaki Higashihara, Executive Chairman of Hitachi

I believe this Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai Japan will be an important milestone toward bringing about Society 5.0 and I am honored to be welcomed as one of the members. Together with KDDI, and through discussions involving sponsors and citizens, we will draw an image of a bright future city in which people can thrive and be themselves. We will also work on bringing about Society 5.0 by capitalizing on Hitachi’s strengths in IT, Operational Technology and products, driving collaboration with customers and partners.

Comment from Makoto Takahashi, President, Representative Director, CEO of KDDI

I am delighted to be given this opportunity to participate in the historic expo. KDDI aims to contribute to the development of the future society by creating new additional value through telecommunications and “KDDI Digital Twin for All”, as well as solving social issues through our business in a society in which telecommunications are integrated.
We would like to organize the Future City exhibition together with Hitachi, which grows with the voice of visitors. The exhibition will be not only at the venue but also in a virtual world. I hope everyone enjoys it.