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Pikachu named among Japan ambassadors to Expo 2020 Dubai

Pokemon video game character Pikachu is displayed at a Pokemon store during a press preview in Tokyo on November 19, 2019. (AFP)
Pokemon video game character Pikachu is displayed at a Pokemon store during a press preview in Tokyo on November 19, 2019. (AFP)
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12 Dec 2019 09:12:52 GMT9
12 Dec 2019 09:12:52 GMT9

Tokyo

Japanese trade minister Hiroshi Kajiyama on Thursday named seven Japan Pavilion ambassadors, including the Pikachu character of the anime series Pokemon and pop group Kanjani Eight, to Expo 2020 Dubai.

A Pikachu doll attended the appointment event at the trade ministry’s office.

Speaking through an interpreter, the mascot said it will make “the utmost efforts” as an ambassador.

Expo 2020 Dubai, scheduled to open in October, will be the first world exposition in the Middle East or African region.

Japan chose the seven ambassadors a year before Japan Day during the expo, set for Dec. 12, 2020.

The Dubai expo “will be an excellent opportunity” for Japan to publicize the 2025 expo in Osaka and ask other countries to participate, Kajiyama said.

Jiji Press

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