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Groundbreaking of the Swiss Pavilion

The 19 March 2024 marked the official groundbreaking of the Swiss Pavilion, an important milestone on the road to World Expo 2025, Osaka, Kansai. Switzerland is starting the construction of its ultra-light Pavilion that will soon invite visitors to discover the essence of Swiss innovation in a magical atmosphere.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Presence Switzerland, the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, and Swissnex in Japan organized a day-long program to celebrate the occasion. Dignitaries from Japan and Switzerland, including FDFA Secretary General Markus Seiler, Head of Presence Switzerland a.i., Alexandre Edelmann, Commissioner General Swiss Pavilion Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Manuel Salchli, Deputy Secretary General, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition, Manatsu Ichinoki, Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan, Andreas Baum, Consul & CEO Felix Moesner, long-standing partner NUSSLI Group CEO, Andy Böckli, and Director & Executive Vice President of Tekken Corporation, Shinichi Fujimori, joined the official ceremony with a Shinto blessing at Yumeshima Island.

Following the ceremony, Swissnex in Japan hosted a media event and evening celebration with the presence of distinguished guests, including the Governor of Osaka Prefecture, Hirofumi Yoshimura, and Secretary General of Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition, Hiroyuki Ishige. To top it, the official mascot of Expo 2025 Osaka, Myaku Myaku, made a remarkable appearance on stage!

The Swiss team is thrilled to be able to make good on its promise to open the pavilion to the public on 13 April 2025, unveiling an ultra-light pavilion that showcases Swiss innovation.

Stay connected with Swiss excellence and closely follow the Pavilion’s program and exhibitions, developed in collaboration with the Swissnex network, Swiss innovation players, and partner institutions in Switzerland and abroad.

Discover more about Swissnex at the Swiss Pavilion.


Sake barrel breaking ceremony with Myaku Myaku, the official mascott of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai at Swissnex in Japan.


The Swiss Pavilion is produced by Presence Switzerland in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan and Swissnex.

  • Presence Switzerland
  • Embassy of Switzerland in Japan
  • Swissnex