Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Tomo Yamamoto, Inside Asian Gaming · September 11, 2019 at 6:40 am A 143.3 hectare area of Osaka’s Yumeshima island has been approved for commercial use, marking a significant milestone in the prefecture’s efforts to develop an integrated resort on the site. The Osaka City Planning Council agreed to the change from industrial and semi-industrial to commercial use on Tuesday as part of the administrative procedures required to promote the artificial island as an international tourist hub. Yumeshima is already set to host World Expo 2025 after being confirmed as the event’s location earlier this year. According to the city, the area subject to change is currently zoned as semi-industrial (107.7 hectares) and industrial zoning (35.6 hectares). This will ease the ratio of area and building coverage, and permit large scale facilities to be built.