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ZERI Japan to set up Blue Ocean Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai

The Blue Ocean project aims to realize the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision adopted at the G20 Osaka Summit in 2019.
The goals include:
[1.] Preventing marine pollution
[2.] Sustainably utilizing the bounty of the oceans.
We hope to spread the word about this campaign while connecting with the world’s oceans through MS Porrima—a vessel that runs entirely on renewable energy. We will also call on companies and local governments in each region to engage. Acting as the pavilion’s executive producer will be designer Kenya Hara while architect Shigeru Ban will serve as the architectural producer.

Campaign at Dubai Expo

Campaign at the Dubai Expo (from left to right: Yusuke Saraya, Kenya Hara, Shigeru Ban, and Gunter Pauli, Special Advisor to ZERI Japan)

Special ceremony to share the message entrusted to Porrima, connecting Dubai Expo organizers with Osaka Expo Organizers

DUBAI EXPO and the near future



Yusuke Saraya
President of Saraya Co., Ltd.
Chairman of ZERI Japan

Exhibitor: NPO ZERI Japan
ZERI is a non-profit organization that started with the Zero Emissions Initiative (ZERI) to reduce waste to near zero through the recycling and reuse of resources and energy. It was established in 2001 to realize a recycling-oriented society in Japan by educating and implementing environmental education, building industrial clusters, and providing information and technical guidance to member companies.
Kenya Hara
Executive Producer
Art Director/Designer
President of Nippon Design Center
President of Hara Design Institute, Nippon Design Center
Professor, Musashino Art University

Hara’s multifaceted design direction incorporates the idea of using Japanese traditions and aesthetics as future resources. In addition to designing objects, he is currently focusing on designing experiences. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards both in Japan and abroad, his work is sgarnering attention on the international stage. A documentary about Hara produced by Singapore TV won gold and silver awards at the New York Festival 2015.
Notable works: JAPAN HOUSE, MUJI, HOUSE VISION, etc.
Shigeru Ban
Architectural Producer
President of Shigeru Ban Architects
Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
Honorary Member of the Japan Institute of Architects/ First-Class Architect

Ban studied architecture in the US and is known for his architecture and disaster relief activities using paper tubes, containers, and other unique materials. In 2014, he received the prestigious Pritzker Prize and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Commandeur). In 2017, he received the Medal of Honor in Japan (Purple Ribbon), and was also the first Japanese recipient of The Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for Social Justice.

Notable works: La Seine Musicale, Centre Pompidou-Metz Swatch and Omega Campus, etc.

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