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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.
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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.

Number of Foreign Visitors to Prefecture Tops 2 Million for First Time
As the number of foreign visitors grows throughout Japan, last year, Fukuoka welcomed a record high 2.086 million foreign tourists, a 72% increase year-on-year and the first time the number has surpassed the two million mark. Between January and June of this year, visitor numbers have already reached 1.22 million, or 41% more than the same period last year. Clocking in at over 90%, South Korea, Taiwan and China account for the vast majority of visitors from overseas. Visitor numbers fell off temporarily after the Kumamoto Earthquakes this April, but the Prefecture has been working hard to boost these figures by enacting measures to dispel quake-related rumors and get visitors to open their wallets.

Creditsafe Japan Opens Fukuoka Office
This September, major business credit report provider, Creditsafe, began offering its services in Japan. Concurrent with its Tokyo headquarters, it opened an operations center in the comparatively more affordable Fukuoka. Clients who sign up for Creditsafe's services can access a company's basic information, including its financial statements and lists of directors and shareholders, as well as its credit ratings. These proprietary ratings are based on the history of the company's dealings and its likelihood of insolvency, which is calculated from a range of positive and negative factors. The company aims to offer affordable plans starting at about 30,000 per month.

Fukuoka to Host Norwegian Athletes for Pre-Olympic Training
Fukuoka Prefecture and Fukuoka City have reached an agreement to serve as the pre-Olympic training camp for the Norwegian team. This is the second country that Fukuoka will host after agreeing in October 2014 to host Team Sweden. Around 100 athletes will join in the preliminary training sessions, which will be held at several local venues including Hakata no Mori Athletic Field and Level Five Stadium. After paying a visit to the area, the Norwegian Olympic Committee decided to train in Fukuoka because of its ample athletic facilities and convenient access to the airport.

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