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November 25, 2011
Donation Boxes Set Up to Collect Money Toward Assisting With the Flooding Disaster in Bangkok, hailand
November 17, 2011
Governor Ogawa Personally Promotes Amaou Strawberries
November 12, 2011
Science Month 2011
November 12, 2011
Test-drive Event Held for Public Trialing of Vehicles as Part of Project to Develop User-friendly Automobiles for Senior Citizens
November 10, 2011
Design Symposium, Awards Ceremony and Exhibition of Entries Held for the Fukuoka Design Award 2011
November 10, 2011
Hydrogen Energy Advanced Technology Exhibition 2011
October 22-23, 2011
The Lifestyle Support Services Experience Fair
October 16, 2011
Opening Event for the 19th Fukuoka Prefectural Citizens' Culture Festival 2011
October 12, 2011
Send-off Ceremony Held for Shipment of Goods to Support Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Disaster-affected Regions
October 1, 2011
New Facilities Begin Operating at the Fukuoka Prefecture Chikugo Koiki Park Entrance Area

Donation Boxes Set Up to Collect Money Toward Assisting With the Flooding Disaster in Bangkok, Thailand (November 25, 2011)

Calling for Cooperation to Support Recovery

Thailand faced prolonged flooding and major damage occurred even in Bangkok, which enjoys an amicable tie-up with Fukuoka Prefecture, including flooding in 30 of the city's 50 districts overall. The prefecture decided to donate JPY1 million in relief money to Bangkok in support of disaster victims. Additionally, until December 22 donation boxes for collecting money from prefectural residents to support the recovery were set up in front of the general guide to prefectural government buildings, four passport centers in the prefecture, and ACROS Fukuoka's Kokusai Hiroba. We thank everyone for their generosity.


Vice Governor Etsuko Ebii sets up a donation box and calls for support

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Governor Ogawa Personally Promotes Amaou Strawberries (November 17, 2011)

Promoting Amaou, the King of Strawberries

Amaou strawberries derive their name from the first syllables of four words: Akai (red), MArui (round), Okii (big), and Umai (delicious). Even within a prime strawberry-producing region they have boasted the highest selling-price for seven years running, and are one of the nationwide brands representative of Fukuoka Prefecture.

With the shipping season about to get seriously underway, on November 17 Governor Ogawa promoted the strawberries personally at the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market.

In his greeting, Governor Ogawa pointed out that "Amaou strawberries are now being exported to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, and Amaou is growing into a global brand. My wish is that as many people as possible enjoy Amaou strawberries, which are grown painstakingly by farmers in Fukuoka."


Governor Ogawa giving his greeting


The Fukuoka “umakamon” ambassadors, who showcase agricultural produce brands produced in Fukuoka Prefecture throughout Japan, promote Amaou strawberries alongside Governor Ogawa

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Science Month 2011 (November 12, 2011)

Let's Cultivate Science Potential Together

In Fukuoka Prefecture, every November is positioned as Fukuoka Science Month, and various science-related events are held throughout the prefecture in partnership with universities, companies, volunteer groups and other organizations.

The main "Science Month 2011" event was held in Fukuoka City on November 12 and 13. At the opening ceremony Governor Ogawa said "It is my hope that the children who will lead the next generation are curious, are capable of considering and investigating things independently, and grow to love science while enjoying themselves at the same time." A wide variety of booths featuring hands-on science experiments were on offer at the event, including a booth where the force of superconductivity was utilized to create a sense of human levitation, and a booth that presented an ultra-low temperature experiment. Children visiting the event had fun while experiencing the mysteries of science.


Governor Ogawa inspects an ultra-low temperature experiment that used liquid nitrogen


An experiment that used a robot capable of recognizing faces

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Test-drive Event Held for Public Trialing of Vehicles as Part of Project to Develop User-friendly Automobiles for Senior Citizens (November 12, 2011)

Utilizing the Ideas of Senior Drivers

In Fukuoka Prefecture, a project to develop user-friendly automobiles for senior citizens is being carried out with the goal of developing vehicles that senior drivers can operate comfortably and safely. From the end of October to the end of November, small single- and two-seater electric vehicles were lent to senior citizens in Asakura City, and the vehicles were trialed in a public environment to collect data needed for automobile development.

On November 12 and 13, a test drive event was held using a small two-seater electric vehicle. The event was opened by Governor Ogawa, who serves as Chairman of a governors' association for the promotion of user-friendly vehicles for senior citizens. "Based on the data that is obtained I want to appeal to the government and automakers to make user-friendly automobiles for senior citizens a commercial reality promptly," Governor Ogawa explained.


Governor Ogawa giving his greeting


A two-seater electric vehicle, the NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT, (shown in the foreground) was driven on public roads in Western Japan for the first time.

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Design Symposium, Awards Ceremony and Exhibition of Entries Held for the Fukuoka Design Award 2011 (November 10, 2011)

Leveraging design to create products that sell

The awards ceremony for the Fukuoka Design Award was held in Fukuoka City on November 10. The awards recognize and commend products that are outstanding for their marketability, design ingenuity and other features. Governor Ogawa attended the ceremony, and in his greeting he pledged to "continue to strengthen ties with the Fukuoka Design Association and provide solid support toward the creation of products that sell thanks to utilizing good design."

Award-winning products are scheduled to be sold as part of the Fukuoka Design Collection at Colet, in front of JR Kokura Station.


Governor Ogawa inspects the numerous products that are overflowing with creativity - 155 entries were received from 132 companies.


The Grand Prize was awarded to Hair Care Pure Lotion "Tsubaki nano" and "Tsubaki nano repair", which were highly praised for a unique manufacturing process using Kurume's camellias, and for a design that expresses a clear sense of naturalness.

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Hydrogen Energy Advanced Technology Exhibition 2011 (November 10, 2011)

Showcasing the Latest Technologies and Products Relating to Hydrogen Energy

Fukuoka Prefecture is aiming to make the next-generation clean energy of hydrogen a commercial reality promptly, and is committed to bringing about a hydrogen energy society. Those efforts include launching the Hydrogen Energy Test and Research Center, and public trialing of residential fuel cells and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. As one part of this project, the Hydrogen Energy Advanced Technology Exhibition 2011 was held in Kitakyushu City for three days from November 9. The exhibition is Japan's foremost specialty trade fair in the hydrogen-related field, and the latest technologies and products were introduced.


A display corner for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Visitors look intently at the car, which has had a portion of the body removed for viewing purposes.


Company representatives and university researchers gave presentations at a specialized technologies seminar

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The Lifestyle Support Services Experience Fair (October 22-23, 2011)

A Large Gathering of Services that Meet Latent Demand

People's lifestyles and awareness are undergoing big changes and this is generating demand for new services for both individuals and households, in areas such as childrearing, fitness and care for senior citizens.

In Fukuoka Prefecture these service industries are positioned as "new lifestyle industries" and efforts are being made to cultivate and promote them.

On October 22 and 23 the Lifestyle Support Services Experience Fair was held in Fukuoka City as a means of broadly showcasing new lifestyle industries. In total, 28 companies and organizations exhibited at the fair over the two-day period and the event attracted large numbers of people who enjoyed a range of services, including foot massages and a demonstration of a Buddhist altar cleaning service.


Visitors to the fair view the exhibits intently


There was even a booth where visitors could enjoy one-point makeup and nail services

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Opening Event for the 19th Fukuoka Prefectural Citizens' Culture Festival 2011 (October 16, 2011)

The Largest Cultural Festival Event in the Prefecture

Every year Fukuoka Prefecture hosts the Prefectural Citizens' Culture Festival to allow people living in the prefecture to come into contact with a wide array of culture and the arts, and to encourage a broader base for cultural activities. This year a range of events were held up to December in locations throughout the prefecture, centering on the theme of "weaving cultural threads and creating the future."

The opening event for the 19th Fukuoka Prefectural Citizens' Culture Festival 2011 was held on October 16, and it included traditional "kyogen" comic theater from Manroku Nomura, the recipient of last year's Fukuoka Prefecture Culture Award, and a performance from Okagaki Junior High School's wind instrument club. In his greeting, Governor Ogawa said that "Culture and the arts are vital to enjoying a deep and rewarding life. A broad array of events are being held and I am hopeful they will attract large turnouts."


Governor Ogawa making his greeting


Manroku Nomura performs a new "kyogen" based on a "kappa" (water imp) legend that is told in Okagaki Town.

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Send-off Ceremony Held for Shipment of Goods to Support Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Disaster-affected Regions (October 12, 2011)

First Step in Project to Support SMEs in Disaster-affected Regions

The Great East Japan Earthquake wreaked massive damage.

Fukuoka Prefecture is promoting a "Hang In There, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises Project" to support the recommencement of operations at SMEs in disaster-affected regions, as one means of assisting with the disaster recovery.

As the first step in this project four commercial refrigerator-freezers and 12 personal computers were supplied to SMEs in disaster-affected regions by SMEs in Fukuoka Prefecture such as Value Product Inc., a company based in Higashi Ward, Fukuoka City that sells office equipment. On October 12 a send-off ceremony was held in Fukuoka City.
The Prefecture plans to continue with these support activities from here on also.


Loading the equipment onto a truck

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New Facilities Begin Operating at the Fukuoka Prefecture Chikugo Koiki Park Entrance Area (October 1, 2011)

Creating Prosperity for Chikugo

Since fiscal 1995 improvements have been being carried out at Chikugo Koiki Park, which is run by the Prefecture, centering on the goal of creating "a park where it is possible to get a physical sense of abundance." Thus far, a wide range of prefectural citizens have made use of the sports areas, which include tennis courts, a gymnasium and a multipurpose sports ground, the area in front of the Kyushu Shinkansen Chikugo-Funagoya Station, the Chikugo-Funagoya Koen no Yado hotel and other facilities.

On October 1 new facilities opened for operation at the park entrance area. These included a services and produce building known as "River Station Funagoya - Koibotaru", an information desk, an outdoor stage and a grassed area.
Accompanying the start of operations, an opening ceremony was held for the "River Station Funagoya - Koibotaru" facility. Governor Ogawa gave an address in which he said "I will do my utmost to widely promote the appeal of Chikugo, so that large numbers utilize the Shinkansen to visit the Chikugo region. I expect Koibotaru will flourish and become a center of prosperity, and will contribute to the vitalization of the Chikugo region also."


The tape is cut at the opening ceremony


Governor Ogawa giving his address


At the produce building

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