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09/01/16
Fukuoka Joins JETRO Investment Symposium in Taiwan
On Aug. 1 and 2, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) held an Invest Japan Symposium in the Taiwanese cities of Kaohsiung and Taichung. Fukuoka Prefecture and Fukuoka City both participated in the symposium. Representatives gave a three-minute presentation on the municipalities of Fukuoka and promoted the region from a booth at the networking reception. The Fukuoka delegation emphasized the convenience of Fukuoka's world-class international airport and the relative low cost of doing business in Fukuoka. More than 230 people attended the symposium.

09/01/16
Fukuoka Ranked 7th Most Livable City in the World
The British lifestyle magazine Monocle ranked Fukuoka City 7th on its annual Quality of Life survey. This is the highest that Fukuoka has ever placed, making it the second highest ranked Asian city after Tokyo, which took first place for the second year running. Fukuoka was commended for its low cost of living and delicious food as well as its compact design sandwiched between the mountains and the sea. It also received high marks for using its National Strategic Special Zone designation to promote urban development. Monocle has been conducting its Quality of Life survey since the magazine was founded in 2007. The survey ranks the top 25 most livable cities in the world based on a host of factors including crime rates, education, convenience of public transportation and the business climate.

09/01/16
Unicharm to Build New Plant in Fukuoka
Disposable diaper and sanitary product-maker Unicharm has announced plans to open a new plant in Kanda Town. The company acquired a lot within the Shin-Matsuyama Seaside Industrial Park for 3.5 billion yen. It chose the location for its proximity to Kanda Port and the Kanda-Kitakyushu Airport Interchange on the Higashi-Kyushu Expressway. This will be Unicharm's first production plant in Kyushu, and the company hopes this move will bolster the domestic supply chain while positioning it for expanding exports to China and other parts of Asia where the demand for Japanese goods is growing. The new plant is slated to open in the summer of 2018.

07/28/16
Kyushu Reconstruction Discount Tickets Selling Well
Kyushu Reconstruction Discount Tickets, whose aim is to help Kyushu's tourism sector recover in the wake of the Kumamoto Earthquakes, are selling well. They can be used for lodgings or travel packages within Kyushu. What's more, the tickets can be issued electronically when using hotel booking sites like Jalan and Rakuten. Tickets for specified accommodations in the prefecture can be purchased at convenience stores around Japan, and travel agencies are offering tickets for bus tours and other packages with discounts of up to 50%. Discount rates depend on how badly a prefecture was affected by the disaster, and discounts of up to 70% are available for some services in Kumamoto. The first batch of tickets sold out in 30 minutes, and for some hotels, reservations have already rebounded to pre-disaster levels. Fukuoka Prefecture launched a homepage (http://kyushu-fukkou.jp/) for the tickets to encourage a swift recovery in travel demand for the greater Kyushu region.

07/28/16
Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture Visits Finland
Governor Ogawa and members of the Prefectural Assembly visited Finland to commemorate the launch of Finnair's new Fukuoka-Helsinki route. The group visited Finnair headquarters where they met with CEO Pekka Vauramo. Governor Ogawa asked Mr. Vauramo to keep operating the new route until the end of the year instead of the scheduled end date of October to facilitate mutual exchange between the two cities. The delegation also visited the Finnish Tourist Board where they exchanged opinions on how to invigorate exchange between Europe and Kyushu. Furthermore, they pitched Fukuoka as a possible location for Finland's training camps ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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