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Expo '90 Foundation


The Foundation was established for the continual commemoration of Flower Expo'90. Its responsibilities are to manage the Expo'90 commemorative funds and to promote activities in order to successfully live up to the main theme of the Exposition "The Harmonious Coexistence between Nature and Humankind". Through its activities, the Foundation will continue to contribute to and cultivate a healthy and enriched society.

Board of Directors (as of June 25th, 2021)

Chairperson Mr. MITARAI Fujio Honorary Chairperson, Nippon Keidanren
President Mr. SUMI Kazuo Chairman and Representative Director, Group CEO, Hanshin Hankyu Holdings, Inc.
Executive Director Mr. KATAYAMA Hiroaki Full-time
Director Dr. SHIBATA Michio Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Director Dr. TAKEUCHI Kazuhiko President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Director Ms. HONMA Kazue Advisor, Uji city Park Public Corporation
Director Dr. MORIMOTO Yukihiro Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
Director Mr. WADA Shinya Chairperson, Japan Landscape Contractors Association
Auditor Mr. KITAYAMA Ryoichi Certified Public Accountant
Auditor Mr. SAKIMOTO Toshiki President, KANSAI・OSAKA 21st Century Association

Council Members

Council Members Mr. OGURI Kunio Vice President, Japan Fruit Association
Mr. KADO Hideo Senior Director, Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Director of Osaka Regional Headquarter
Dr. KINDA Akihiro Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
Ms. SATO Yumiko Professor, Otemon Gakuin University
Mr. TAKAHASHI Toru Deputy Mayor, Osaka Municipal Government
Mr. TANAKA Seigo Vice Governor, Osaka Prefectural Government
Mr. TAKETOSHI Makoto Senior Adviser, Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.
Mr. TORII Shingo

Vice Chairmen,

Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dr. DOI Motoaki Professor, Graduate School of Kyoto University
Mr. HATA Koichi Advisor, The Japan Home Garden Association
Ms. MASAKI Keiko Adovisor, The City Planning Institute of Japan KANSAI
Dr. MASUDA Noboru Professor Emeritus, Osaka Prefecture University

Advisors / Counselors

Advisor Mr. IMAI Takashi Honorary Chairperson, Nippon Keidanren
Advisor Mr. NAKAGAWA Kazuo Chairperson, Japan-Korea Friendship Association of Osaka
Advisor Mr. MAKINO Toru Supreme Advisor, Iing Co., Ltd
Advisor Mr. MITSUI Yasuhisa Chairperson, Machinami Foundation
Counselor Mr. SASAKI Masamine Advisor, National Museum of Nature and Science
Counselor Dr. NAKAMURA Keiko Honorary Director, JT Biohistory Research Hall
Counselor Mr. HATANO Yoshio President, Gakushuin School Corporation
Counselor Mr. MATSUMOTO Hiroshi Advisor, Japan International Cooperation System
Counselor Mr. Louis Sato Architect

Major Activities

Commendation Projects

International Cosmos Prize

To carry on and further develop the philosophy of "The Harmonious Coexistence between Nature and Humankind" presented at the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan, 1990 (Expo'90), the International Cosmos Prize recognizes outstanding research activities and achievements both in Japan and abroad that are in line with this philosophy.

  • 25th Prizewinner
    Dr. Jane Goodall
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    26th Prizewinner
    Dr. Augustin Berque

Subsidy and Cooperative Projects

Subsidy Project

We provide subsidies for non-profit organizations (NPOs), research groups and other entities in Japan in order to support their R&D as well as other activities and events that contribute to promotion and development of the philosophy of Expo'90.

NPO Institute for Biodiversity Research and Education "Earthworm"
Monitoring survey of wild animals and plants to preserve grassland environment

Cooperative Projects

The Expo'90 Foundation provides support for various projects and implements cooperative projects, to create cities filled with fresh air and lively spaces featuring flowers and greenery.

Venues for Green Exchange

Projects Supporting Flower and Green Restoration Activities

We offer grants to activities for restoring flowers and greenery, with the aims of providing the relaxing and enriching effects of flowers and greenery to disaster-affected areas, and of supporting post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction.

Specified NPO Association for Creating Coastal Forests

Awareness-Raising and International Exchange Projects

Projects to Educate the Next Generation

The Expo'90 Foundation holds nature observation seminars for youths and a program to dispatch lecturers to elementary schools.
In conjunction with the Mainichi Shimbun (Osaka), we also carry out a project to create biotopes at elementary and junior high schools.

School visit by an expert lecture
(at an elementary school)

International Exchange Programs

In cooperation with a variety of organizations, the Expo '90 Foundation carries out a number of programs to widely disseminate its basic principle of "The Harmonious Coexistence between Nature and Humankind," not only around Japan but also overseas.

Overseas Youth Exchange Program
Hands-on Biological Survey Tour in Taiwan for High School Students

Survey and Data-Collection Projects

Our Foundation conducts research and surveys and collects data on the culture of satoyama, rural areas of forest and agricultural land in Japan where nature and people are closely connected, and on plant species indigenous to Japan from the perspective of regional industries and biodiversity, and holds symposia.

Symposium on Satoyama (Kobe City)