Osaka bids to rekindle magic of 1970 Expo but taxpayers doubt lofty plan’s claims

OSAKA – Like millions of others who attended Osaka’s 1970 World Exposition, Kazuhiko Masuda, who was just 10 years old at the time, can still vividly recall it today. “I remember standing in line for a very long time to see a moon rock brought back ... ( read original story ...)

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