The 2005 World Exposition - EXPO 2005 - runs in Aichi, Japan for 185 days, from March 25 -September 25, 2005. EXPO 2005 is a showcase of the world''s technical excellence, assembling in one venue some of the most exciting technology developed to lighten the load that humans are placing on nature and the earth''s environment. EXPO 2005 is staged on a 173 hectare site in Aichi prefecture just east of Nagoya, Japan''s third largest city, between March 25 and September 25, 2005. More than 120 countries and international organizations are participating in Expo 2005, presenting exhibits and undertaking programs around the Expo''s central theme of "Nature''s Wisdom". The Aichi Expo is expected to draw some 15 million visitors from around the globe, many coming to the prefecture via its new air gateway, the Central Japan International Airport that opened on February 17.
A focal point of the Expo is the Global Loop, a 2.6-kilometer elevated walkway affording views of the entire site and connecting the six Global Commons, areas hosting international pavilions. The future of transportation will be featured through driverless vehicles, fuel cell hybrid buses, and Japan''s first commercial application of a linear motor car. Several exhibits will also highlight the importance of the past in planning for the future. A joint Japanese-Russian project will display the frozen remains of a mammoth that roamed the earth 18,000 years ago. At many parts of the EXPO site, five kinds of "life-support" robots, will actually be working and perform various services.