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September 29, 2011
Regional Conference on the Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone
September 12, 2011
Swearing-in Ceremony for the "Fukuoka Prefecture Bariyokattai!" (Kansai Caravan Squad), a Campaign For Promoting Tourism Following the Full Opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen
September 1, 2011
The First Opinion Exchange Between the Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture and Consul-Generals and Chief Consuls who are Resident in Fukuoka
August 30, 2011
The Advanced Accelerator Science and Technology Symposium 2011 in Kyushu
August 27, 2011
Ceremony to Commemorate Passenger Numbers on the Yamagin Retro Line’s "Shiokaze-go" Reaching 500,000 People
August 20, 2011
Ceremony to Present Fukuoka Prefecture’s Prefectural People's Honor Award to Stablemaster Asakayama (Formerly Ozeki Kaio)
August 4, 2011
The 8th “Japan Future Leaders School”
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Visits to Hakata Port by Cruise Ships Recommence
August 2, 2011
The Fukuoka Asia Fashion Center Promotion Forum
August 1, 2011
The Northern Kyushu 1.5 Million Automobile Manufacturing Base Development Forum

Regional Conference on the Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone (September 29, 2011)

Decision to Apply to Become a Comprehensive Special Zone Focusing on the Environment

On September 29, the Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone Regional Conference was held, and representatives from Fukuoka Prefecture, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka City, the local business community, companies and other groups attended. At the conference it was decided to seek to capitalize on the industries, technologies, personnel, networks and other resources that have been fostered up to now in green (environmental) sectors, which are anticipated to grow from here on, as a comprehensive special zone based on an application to the government, and to tap Asia's vitality with the goal of building a base for economic growth and development.

At a briefing, Governor Ogawa said that "In addition to our current regional strengths and the earnestness being shown by industry, academia and the government alike, by making maximum use of the support measures resulting from being a special zone, we want to contribute to the coming recovery and restoration, preservation of national strength and economic development by strengthening industrial competitiveness that centers on the environment.”


A View of the Regional Conference.


Governor Ogawa clasps hands with Fukuoka City Mayor Soichiro Takashima (right) and Kitakyushu City Mayor Kenji Kitahashi (left) following a joint press briefing.

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Swearing-in Ceremony for the "Fukuoka Prefecture Bariyokattai!" (Kansai Caravan Squad), a Campaign For Promoting Tourism Following the Full Opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen (September 12, 2011)

Caravan Squad to the Kansai district is born!

In Fukuoka Prefecture the direct linkage of the Kyushu Shinkansen and the Sanyo Shinkansen is viewed as an ideal opportunity to promote tourism, and the prefecture is engaged in attracting tourists from outside the prefecture, and from the Kansai and Chugoku regions in particular. As one part of this tourism promotion campaign, a virtual tourist agency - "Mentai Tonkotsu Shinryoko-sha" - was set up on September 12 with entertainers Hakata Hanamaru and Daikichi serving as the company's president and employee, respectively. In line with this, a caravan squad - "Fukuoka Prefecture Bariyokattai!" - was formed to actively conduct tourism PR in the Kansai region. Governor Ogawa swore in the new company's president and employee as the caravan squad's captain and lieutenant, respectively.


Governor Ogawa presents a letter of appointment to Hakata Hanamaru and Daikichi.


Commemorative photo that also features Miss Goodwill Ambassadors, who are collaborative employees of "Mentai Tonkotsu Shinryoko-sha".

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The First Opinion Exchange Between the Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture and Consul-Generals and Chief Consuls who are Resident in Fukuoka (September 1, 2011)

Seeking to Further Promote International Exchange

In Fukuoka Prefecture there are general consulates of the People's Republic of China, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Australia and the Republic of Korea, and a consulate of the United States of America.

On September 1 an opinion exchange was held in Fukuoka City in which consul-generals and chief consuls who are resident in Fukuoka and the Governor came together under one roof for the first time.

In his opening remarks Governor Ogawa said: "I would like to hear a range of opinions about Fukuoka's virtues and its problem points, and apply them to future policies. I want to use this opportunity to further deepen the bonds between this prefecture and your home countries." In addition, there were lively opinion exchanges on themes such as: "Attracting foreign tourists to Fukuoka Prefecture."


A view of the opinion exchange meeting.

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The Advanced Accelerator Science and Technology Symposium 2011 in Kyushu (August 30, 2011)

Making a Major Contribution to Advancing Science

In a bid to promote basic sciences, Fukuoka Prefecture, in collaboration with Saga Prefecture, set up a research seminar on the theme of next-generation accelerators, a leading-edge basic science, and is researching the role the devices can perform in society, the knock-on effects for industrial technologies and other issues, in cooperation with universities and business organizations.

A symposium was held at the ACROS Fukuoka on August 30 and in his opening remarks Governor Ogawa said that "Accelerator technology is performing an extremely important role in humankind's creation of a happier future." In addition, participants listened attentively to lectures that included examples of how advanced accelerators are being applied in cancer treatment equipment.


Governor Ogawa making his opening remarks.


Hirohiko Tsujii, Research Fellow at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, gives a lecture on applications in heavy particle cancer radiotherapy./p>

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Ceremony to Commemorate Passenger Numbers on the Yamagin Retro Line’s "Shiokaze-go" Reaching 500,000 People (August 27, 2011)

Passenger numbers on the Yamagin Retro Line’s "Shiokaze-go" Reach 500,000 People!

Passenger numbers on the Mojiko Retro sightseeing train (Yamagin Retro Line) "Shiokaze-go" that links the Mojiko Retro district and the Mekari area have reached 500,000 people, and to mark this a commemoration ceremony was held on a platform at the Kyushu Railway History Museum.

In a greeting at the commemoration ceremony, Governor Ogawa said that “As a symbol of the Mojiko Retro district, it is my wish that this sightseeing train be widely used.” A celebratory decorative ball was broken open by the Taniguchi family, who were the train’s commemorative 500,000th passengers, along with other participants.

The “Shiokaze-go” travels on a cherished freight line that illustrates the history of Mojiko, which flourished thanks to the railroad and the port. By all means please use it.


The Taniguchi family boards the train: “It will be our final memory for this summer vacation.”


“All okay for departure!” Governor Ogawa sees off the “Shiokaze-go” after giving the cue for departure.

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Ceremony to Present Fukuoka Prefecture’s Prefectural People's Honor Award to Stablemaster Asakayama (Formerly Ozeki Kaio) (August 20, 2011)

Voicing Admiration for a Magnificent Record

At the Grand Sumo July Tournament, former ozeki Kaio, who is now known as stablemaster Asakayama, achieved an unprecedented major record that will go down in sumo history – a cumulative total of 1,047 wins, the largest number of victories ever. In addition, he has given people in the prefecture great pleasure and inspiration by establishing numerous new records, including the most tournaments ranked in the highest-ranking sumo division, the largest number of wins in the highest-ranking sumo division, and the most tournaments ranked as ozeki.

In order to praise these great achievements of stablemaster Asakayama, in Nogata City on August 20 he was presented with a Prefectural People’s Honor Award. Around 1,500 fans gathered at the venue, and the event overflowed with cheering and applause for the stablemaster.

Governor Ogawa said in his greeting that “I am truly happy to be able to bestow the Prefectural People’s Honor Award. I would like nothing more than for the sekitori who succeeds Kaio-zeki to be trained from among Fukuoka Prefecture’s children.”


The Prefectural People’s Honor Award and an extra prize, a Hakata-ori woven portrait, were presented by Governor Ogawa.


Governor Ogawa praises stablemaster Asakayama’s great achievements, and expresses gratitude.

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The 8th “Japan Future Leaders School” (August 4, 2011)

Aim to Become Leaders Capable of Playing Active Roles in the World!

On July 28 the eighth Japan Future Leaders School opened at the Global Arena in Munakata City. The school is run in a unified effort by the business and academic communities, Hokkaido and seven prefectures, including Fukuoka Prefecture, with the goal of having the high-school students who will be responsible for the next generation acquire leadership qualities enabling them to play active roles in the world.

On August 4 a lecture by Governor Ogawa took place. The governor revealed thoughts he has drawn from his experiences thus far to the 165 students who had gathered from around Japan, while putting out a call to them by saying: “I want you to take up various challenges and accumulate a large number of experiences. When you find something you like or want to do, then I want you to stick with it for the long term. I also want you to adopt a broad view that includes other countries.”


Students listen attentively to Governor Ogawa’s lecture.

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Visits to Hakata Port by Cruise Ships Recommence (August 3, 2011)

1,860 Foreign Sightseers Visit Fukuoka by Cruise Ship

Port calls to Hakata Port by cruise ships from China were halted following the Great East Japan Earthquake. On August 3 “Legend of the Seas” became the first cruise vessel to resume visits to the port, and 1,860 sightseers from China, Hong Kong, South Korea and elsewhere visited Fukuoka. Amid a performance by the Nowa Daiko drum team, staff and representatives from the Kyushu District Transport Bureau, the prefecture, Fukuoka City and sightseeing organizations hoisted a banner and welcomed the sightseers to the port. The tourists set out for Dazaifu, Fukuoka Tower and other sightseeing spots and all of them enjoyed Fukuoka.


One after another, the tourists disembark at Hakata Port.


Governor Ogawa presents Captain Yngvar Knutsen with a commemorative gift at the welcoming ceremony.

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The Fukuoka Asia Fashion Center Promotion Forum (August 2, 2011)

Promoting Fukuoka Brands, With Sights on the Asia Market

The Fukuoka Asia Fashion Kyoten Suishin Kaigi is an industry-academia-government collaboration that aims to establish Fukuoka as a center for Asia’s fashion industry.

In Fukuoka City on August 2 the Fukuoka Asia Fashion Center Promotion Forum was held and in his opening remarks Governor Ogawa said that “Fashion enriches our lives and gives people energy. I hope we can all work together to see that Fukuoka develops into a center for fashion that leads Asia.” Furthermore, in addition to an announcement that offshore initiatives will be further strengthened with an eye on the expanding Asian market, including the opening of the "FACo in Dalian" fashion show in China in September, there was also a lecture presentation by fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, and other events.


Governor Ogawa making his opening remarks.


Kansai Yamamoto gives a lecture entitled “The Passionate Heart.”

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The Northern Kyushu 1.5 Million Automobile Manufacturing Base Development Forum (August 1, 2011)

Aiming to Become an Advanced Center that Opens Up a New Automobile Era

Northern Kyushu has grown to become one of the world’s foremost centers for automobile production. Initiatives being pursued in the prefecture include developing innovative production technologies and training leading automotive personnel. As one step in that drive, on August 1 the Northern Kyushu 1.5 Million Automobile Manufacturing Base Development Forum was held.

In his greeting, Governor Ogawa said that “As a result of yen appreciation and other issues, the environment currently surrounding the automobile industry is severe, but it is my hope that developing and promoting Northern Kyushu’s automobile production will bring vitality to Northern Kyushu, and that this axis of energy will spread nationwide.” Furthermore, as well as a report on each of the automakers’ initiatives and on the activities of advisors who are supporting new entries into the automobile industry, an urgent resolution on rectifying the strong yen was also proposed and adopted.


Governor Ogawa giving his greeting.

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