The Malagasy Republic celebrated its national day at Expo 70 at Osaka, Japan on Wednesday (22 July).
GV PAN Expo 70
GV people arriving
CU Japanese sign
GV people attending Malagasy national day celebration at Expo 70
SV Mr. Xavier Delmotte arrives at balcony accompanied by party
SV people look on
SV Mr. Tohoru Hagiwara Jap. representative at Expo addresses public
CU girl listening to speech
LV and SV Delmotte address public
GV PAN spectators listening to speech
LV spectators watching display by Japanese students (3 shots)
SV Mr. Hagiwars (left) and Mr. Delmotte (right) watch display.
GV PAN Malagasy pavilion - band plays outside
CU sign "MADAGASCAR"
SV Delmotte arrives at Madagascar pavilion
CU African look on
SV Delmotte enters pavilion
SCU Delmotte looks around 2 shots
SV of Madagascar displays 2 shots
GV PAN from people outside Madagascar pavilion to Pavilion and flag.
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Background: The Malagasy Republic celebrated its national day at Expo 70 at Osaka, Japan on Wednesday (22 July).
The Republic, better known as Madagascar Island in the Indian Ocean, began its national day celebrations mid-morning at the Expo Festival Plaza.
Leading a top-level Malagasy delegation at Expo was Mr Zavier Delmotte, the island's Minister of Finance and Commerce. The Japanese Government representative to Expo, Mr Tohoru Hagiwara, addressed the national day crowd.
In a speech to the 7000 spectators, Mr. Delmotte emphasized that the Malagasy Republic wished to promote greater understanding and trade with Japan. After the speeches the official party watched a display by Japanese Brass bands and student groups.
The official party later toured the Madagascar Pavilion located in the central area of the Expo site near exhibits of eight other African countries. Greeted by a Japanese Band, the officials looked over the stands which feature unique animal life from the island as well as examples of the country's produce. The official party included prominent Japanese industrialists with whom Mr. Delmotte is expected to discuss Malagasy -- Japanese co-operation. Mr. Delmotte visited the eight other African pavilions as part of his tour of Expo.
The Malagasy display is one of the featured African pavilions which have so far attracted many of the 37 million people who have visited Expo 70 since it opened.