Opening Forum March

Living on the EARTH

- 1st day -
Mutual Relationship among Culture, Environment and Development;and the Possibility of Balanced Development

- 2nd day -
Issues to be Resolved in Creating Sustainable Society


+ Date & Time

1 st day Sunday, March 27 14:00~17:00
2 nd day Monday, March 28 13:30~16:00

+ Venue

1st day Reception Hall, Nagoya Congress Center
2nd day EXPO Dome

+ Organizers

Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition
Bureau of International Expositions (BIE)
NHK Nagoya Station

+ Supporters

Commemorative Organization for the Japan World Exposition '70
National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization


- 1st day -

At the opening of EXPO2005 Message Events, commemorative speech on the theme of “Nature’s Wisdom” will be given, followed by the tripartite talk.

+ Date

Sunday, March 27

+ Door Open


+ Time

14:00~ 17:00

+ Venue

Reception Hall, Nagoya Congress Center

+ Greeting from organizer
+ Keynote Speech

Ore Philipson(President of International Council of EXPO2005)

+ Tripartite Talk

Mutual relationship among culture, environment and development; and the possibility of balanced development

  • Lester Brown (President of the Earth Policy Institute / USA)
  • Donald Johnston ( OECD Secretary-General / Canada)
  • Kazuo Ogura (President of the Japan Foundation / Japan)
Lester Brown

Lester Brown

- 2nd day -

Identify the issues thrown up by 20th Century culture and civilization, and the social and scientific trends that could allow solutions, from internationally prominent figures in different areas. Provide discussion and consideration subjects for the forthcoming EXPO 2005 International Forums.

+ Date

Monday, March 28

+ Door Open


+ Time

13:30~ 16:00

+ Venue

EXPO Dome ( In EXPO 2005, Nagakute Site)

+ Symposium
  • Lester R.Brown(President of the Earth Policy Institute)
  • Gro Harlem Brundtlant(Former Prime Minister of Norway,Former Director-General of the WHO)
  • Donald J.Johnston(OECD Secretary-General)
  • Wangari Maathai (Assistant Minister for Environment of Kenya,Nobel Peace Prize winner)
  • Yamamoto Kazumoto (Permanent Advisor of Asahi Kasei Corporation, Co-Chairman of Committee on Environment and Safety of Nippon Keidanren)
  • Coordinator : Yoshinori Imai (NHK Executive Editor, Head of News Analysis)


Admission free. If you would like to attend the symposium on both March 27 and 28, please apply by a double postal card. Each person is limited to one entry. A ticket to enter the expo site to attend March 28th symposium will be distributed when you come on 27th.

「How to apply」

Please send a double postal card to the address given including following
Please write your
1. Address 2.Name 3. Telephone number
on a message part on a sending card, and write your
1. Post code 2. Address 3.Name
on the cover of return card
NHK Nagoya Station“ EXPO 2005 Opening Forum”
(Address is not necessary)

*If the number of applicants exceed the capacity, participants will be selected in the drawing. The number of audience will be 600.
*Participants accompany infants shall not enter.

4.Entry deadline : March 14,2005

5.For further information

Regarding the registration by a double postal card
NHK Nagoya Station
Tel: 052-952-7070/Weekdays10:00~18:00


  • If you would like to attend the symposium on BOTH March 27 and 28, advanced registration is needed. (Follow the instructions above)
  • If you would like to attend March 28 Symposium ONLY, please purchase an expo admission ticket to come to the venue. You will be seated on a first-come-first served basis but the organizer will handle seating. If the number of participants exceeds the capacity of a program, no more applicants will be accepted.
  • The forum on March 28 will be broadcast on NHK Educational,11:30 A.M. to 12:40 P.M.ON April 9.


+ Ore Philipson

Born in Denmark. Appointed the Danish ambassador at the Republic of Korea in 1978 and at the Republic of Colombia in 1983. Served as a commissioner general for the Seville Expo 1989-1992 and for the Thae-Jun EXPO 1993-1994. Chairman of BIE 1993-1999. Served as the Danish ambassador at the Kingdom of Belgium. Served as a commissioner general for the Hanover EXPO and chairman of the administration committee.

+ Donald J. Johnston

Graduating as the McGill University Gold Medallist for law, Mr. Donald Johnston, born in 1936, studied at the University of Grenoble in 1958.59.
He was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 1978, serving in the Liberal
Cabinet, first as President of the Treasury Board, and then as Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development, Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. In 1990, Mr. Johnston was elected President of the Liberal Party and remained through its 1993 victory. He took office as Secretary-General of the OECD on June 1, 1996.

+ Yoshinori Imai

Born in 1944. Joined NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) as TV&R Reporter1968. Correspondent, Washington, D.C. 1978. Presenter, NHK's Morning News 'NHK Morning Wide' 1986. Presenter, NHK's Morning News 'Good Morning Nippon' 1993. Bureau Chief, NHK General Bureau for Europe (London)Head of News Operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa1995.Executive Presenter & Analyst, NHK News 1998. Director-General, NHK International Planning & Broadcasting Department 2000. NHK Executive Editor (Head of News Analysis), Program Host 2003.

Yoshinori Imai