Expo '85

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1985 Tsukuba
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Fuyō Pavilion
BIE-class Specialized exposition
Category International specialized exposition
Name The International Exposition, Tsukuba, Japan, 1985 (国際科学技術博覧会, Kokusai Kagaku Gijutsu Hakurankai, "The International Science Technology Exposition")
Area 102 hectares (250 acres)
Visitors 20,334,727
Countries 111
Organizations 3
Business 18
Country Japan
City Tsukuba
Opening March 17, 1985 (1985-03-17)
Closure September 16, 1985 (1985-09-16)
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Expo '85, officially called The International Exposition, Tsukuba, Japan, 1985 (国際科学技術博覧会, Kokusai Kagaku Gijutsu Hakurankai, "The International Science Technology Exposition"), was a world's fair held in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan (Tsukuba Science City, a planned city focused on technology north of Tokyo) between Sunday, March 17 and Monday, September 16, 1985. The theme of the fair was "Dwellings and Surroundings - Science and Technology for Man at Home". Attendance was over 20 million and 48 countries participated,[1] along with several companies.

The exposition[edit]

The exhibition recognised by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), was devoted to the advancements in science and technology, and sought to highlight the impact of technological evolution on ordinary life[2] to ensure that science and technology would be accessible to everyone.[3]

The exhibition had a double intention. It was expected that the exposition would showcase Japan as a country of technological innovation. In addition, organisers hoped that the Expo would give some much needed exposure to Tsukuba, a city created 2 decades before as a scientific center, without much success.[2]

Among the attractions of the exposition was the Jumbotron, a huge TV screen developed by the Japanese firm Sony.[2]

Shown by continent, the participant countries were as follows:



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The Americas

In regards to the companies, the ones who were present are as follows:

Also present were the United Nations, the European Economic Community, the OECD and the Asian Bank of Development, along with the government of the Ibaraki prefecture.


  1. ^ "1985 Tsukuba". Paris: Bureau of International Expositions. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tsukuba Expo 85, un gran espectáculo". El País (in Spanish). Madrid: Ediciones El País. March 15, 1985. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ Ahl, David (August 1985). "Expo '85: International, but Oh, so Japanese". Creative Computing. Vol. 11 no. 8. Los Angeles: Ahl Computing. pp. 66–67. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Narita, Tatsushi. 'Tsukuba 1985.' In Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions, ed. John E. Findling and Kimberly D. Pelle. Jefferson, NC and London:McFarland, 2008. pp. 364–367.
  • "Expo '85 At Tsukuba". Popular Mechanics: 102–105. May 1985. 

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