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May 22, 2011
Fukuoka High School Student Study Abroad Orientation
May 17, 2011
Field Trials Begin for Japan's First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Scooter
May 13, 2011
National Folk Dance Convention Held in Fukuoka City
April 29, 2011
Welcome Ceremony for Chinese Tourist Tour
April 25, 2011
Governor Hiroshi Ogawa's First Day in Office

Fukuoka High School Student Study Abroad Orientation (May 22, 2011)

Go out into the world! Fukuoka high schoolers!

In an effort to cultivate human resources that have the desire to be globally active and the ability to get things done, this year the Fukuoka Prefectural government implemented the International High School Student Aid Program to assist students with expenses required for studying abroad. As part of this program, the Fukuoka High School Student Study Abroad Orientation was held on May 22, 2011 at ACROS Fukuoka. High school students wishing to study abroad together with their parents or guardians listened attentively to a number of speakers including Kumiko Torikai, graduate school professor at Rikkyo University, who gave a talk titled High School Students Studying Abroad.


High school students wishing to study abroad with their parents and guardians listening attentively to a lecture.

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Field Trials Begin for Japan's First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Scooter (May 17, 2011)

Toward the realization of a hydrogen energy society

Fukuoka Prefecture, in a joint effort with Fukuoka Strategy Conference for Hydrogen Energy, has implemented the Fukuoka Hydrogen Strategy (Hy-Life Project) which aims to promote the realization of an environmentally-friendly hydrogen energy society.

As part of this project, field trials for Japan's first hydrogen fuel cell scooter have begun in the City of Kitakyushu. A ceremony to celebrate the event was held at Kitakyushu Hydrogen Station in Higashida, Kitakyushu on May 17. Data obtained from the trial will be extremely useful in future research and development.


Hydrogen fuel cell scooter used in the field trial

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National Folk Dance Convention Held in Fukuoka City (May 13, 2011)

Widening relations through dance!

This year's National Folk Dance Convention was held in Fukuoka City. It was the first time for the convention to come to Kyushu. Over 6,000 visitors came to Fukuoka for the convention, each enjoying dance in their own way. An open party for anyone wishing to attend was held at the event venue in front of Fukuoka City Hall, where relations were deepened through dance.


"It is my hope that these wonderful performances will serve to widen and deepen relations," said Prefectural governor, Hiroshi Ogawa, in his opening remarks at the commemorative ceremony.


Visitors from all across Japan deepening relations through dance.

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Welcome Ceremony for Chinese Tourist Tour (April 29, 2011)

Fukuoka welcomes the first tourist tour from China since the earthquake!

The Great East Japan Earthquake has greatly affected the tourism industry: many cruise ships and tours from China have canceled their trips to Japan. On April 29, a welcoming ceremony was held at Fukuoka Airport for the first tourist tour to come to Fukuoka since the earthquake. Governor Hiroshi Ogawa welcomed the visitors saying, "We hope that you have a wonderful stay in Fukuoka, just as always." We hope that this is the beginning of renewing overseas tourism to Fukuoka and Kyushu.


Several key figures, including Governor Hiroshi Ogawa, Fukuoka City Mayor Soichiro Takashima, and Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization Chairman, Susumu Ishihara, at the airport to welcome the tour.

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Governor Hiroshi Ogawa's First Day in Office (April 25, 2011)

Ogawa's administration begins

Hiroshi Ogawa was inaugurated as governor of Fukuoka Prefecture on the 25th of April. Receiving a warm welcome and applause from the staff, he began his first day of work at the prefectural office on the same day.

In his inaugural speech, Governor Ogawa spoke enthusiastically on his prefectural administrative policies, to be carried out under his mottos of "Spreading Vitality from the West across Japan" and "The Happiest Prefecture in Japan", stating that: "Fukuoka is a captivating prefecture of immense hidden potential. It is my goal to unlock and cultivate such potential." One of his first orders was to begin re-examination of the prefectural disaster plan immediately in light of the Great East Japan Earthquake.


Governor Ogawa being welcomed by staff in front of the prefectural office.


Governor Ogawa begins his first day at the governor's office.

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