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Nobel Laureate Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi to Receive Prefectural People's Honor Award
In 2016, Fukuoka-born Tokyo Institute of Technology professor, Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his years of research on autophagy, the process by which cells break down and recycle cellular components. Dr. Ohsumi is the first Fukuokan to win a Nobel Prize. In recognition of this academic achievement, which is a source of inspiration and pride for the people of Fukuoka, the Prefecture has decided to confer the Prefectural People's Honor Award on Dr. Ohsumi - the first time that a non-athlete will receive this award.

Yamakasa Parades to be Inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List
The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has decided to inscribe the Hakata Gion Yamakasa and the Tobata Gion Yamakasa in its Intangible Cultural Heritage List. UNESCO not only designates monuments, buildings and objects as tangible cultural heritage sites, it also defines intangible cultural heritage as "oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events ... [and] the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts." This will be Japan's 21st inscription on the list. On Dec. 2, the Prefecture held a ceremony at the Prefectural Office to commemorate the UNESCO decision. About 250 people attended the event, and Prefectural representatives promised to ensure that this traditional culture will be handed down to future generations and widely publicized.

First Made-in-Kyushu Satellite Launched into Space
On Dec. 9, a mini-satellite developed by Hirokawa Town-based Nakashimada Engineering Works was launched on an H2B rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. The satellite is equipped with a device called a de-orbit mechanism, or DOM, that aims to reduce space debris by identifying and lowering the altitude of dead satellites. Tests will be conducted after the satellite is released from the International Space Station. With many countries around the globe launching satellites, space debris has become a pressing international issue. Developers are keen to see how the satellite tests fare. This is the first time for a satellite developed by a Kyushu-based company to be launched into space.

Fukuoka Foreign Investment Promotion Seminar 2017
In Fukuoka Prefecture, we are planning to provide a seminar as shown below where the excellent location environment and living environment and incentive programs in the prefecture are introduced in order to promote understanding of and motivation for participation in the prefecture.
There will be lectures given by foreign companies that participate in the prefecture and introduction of the efforts on the prefectural industry-academia-government collaboration.
In addition, we would like to encourage you to join in the networking session after the lecture in which Fukuoka's specialties are provided.
For details click here >>

FIBA Holds Event at Governor's Residence
On Oct. 26, FIBA held an event at the Governor's official residence, one of its regular networking sessions aimed at sharing information about business in Fukuoka and the greater Kyushu region. The featured speaker was Dr. Hardy TS Kagimoto, the President and CEO of Healios, a drug development venture company he founded while working at Kyushu University Hospital where he developed a revolutionary ophthalmic surgical adjuvant. Meanwhile, Governor Ogawa took the opportunity to promote various local products, including Akiou sweet persimmon, Genkitsukushi brand rice, and locally brewed sake, while he mingled with the guests.

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