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May 12th, 2012
Astronaut Koichi Wakata Appointed Ambassador of the Ambitious Youth Project
May 12th, 2012
63rd Fukuoka Prefecture Tree Planting Ceremony
May 8th, 2012
From the Heart Products - Mobile Shops
May 8th, 2012
Delivering a Comprehensive Special Zone Letter of Corporate Designation to Yaskawa Electric
April 23rd, 2012
Opening of the Fukuoka Senior Support Center
April 20th, 2012
Signing Ceremony for an Inclusive Partnership Agreement between Fukuoka Prefecture and the Aeon Corporation
April 2nd, 2012
Signing Ceremony for the Safety of Fukuokans Concerned About Nuclear Emergency Preparedness
March 25th, 2012
Fukuoka Asia Collection (FACo) 2012
March 18th, 2012
2011 Asia Digital Art Award Exhibition
March 17th, 2012
Departure Ceremony Commemorating the One Year Anniversary of the Completion of the Kyushu Shinkansen
March 9th, 2012
Fukuoka Prefecture Reconstruction Assistance Campaign for the 3.11 Earthquake

Astronaut Koichi Wakata Appointed Ambassador of the Ambitious Youth Project (May 12th, 2012)

Astronaut Koichi Wakata Becomes Ambassador of the Ambitious Youth Project

The Ambitious Youth Project has the goal of nurturing youth who are rich in spirit, broad minded and possess vision. Astronaut Koichi Wakata was appointed Ambassador of this project by Governor Ogawa on May 12th.
Mr. Wakata has been selected as the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station, set to lift off at the end of 2013. Governor Ogawa expressed hope in his speech proclaiming that, "The sight of Mr. Wakata constantly going forward towards his goals gives us inspiration, courage and spirit. I strongly believe he is the right man for Ambassador."
According to Mr. Wakata, "To the children in the Ambitious Youth Project, who have unlimited potential, do your best when trying to reach your goals. I will do my best as your Ambassador."


Mr. Wakata and Governor Ogawa shaking hands with Mr.Wakata's letter of appointment


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63rd Fukuoka Prefecture Tree Planting Ceremony(May 12th, 2012)

Afforestation - The First Step in Saving the Earth

The 63rd Fukuoka Prefecture Tree Planting Ceremony was held in the town of Kawara under the theme of "Afforestation - The First Step in Saving the Earth" on May 12th.
The ceremony took place with citations given to contributors in forestry and a green oath given by members of the Saidosho Elementary School Green Boy Scouts. Also in attendance was Governor Ogawa, who proclaimed, "Forests give us innumerable blessings in our lives. I would like the people of Fukuoka to protect and nurture our forests, so that we can leave them for future generations." Along with volunteers, Governor Ogawa and Mayor Chuichi Kaji of the town of Kawara planted a maple tree to mark the event.


Representatives of the Green Boy Scouts pledging, "Through actions, we will learn about the importance of forests."

Tree planting ceremony

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From the Heart Products - Mobile Shops (May 8th, 2012)

Handmade Goods Made from the Heart

In order to increase income for people with disabilities living in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture has been working in promoting handmade products of From the Heart Products, a support system that supports products made by people with disabilities.
Mobile shops selling these handmade products set up a shop at a shopping center in Chikushino City on May 8th. Individuals from five facilities for the disabled participated selling Shochu (distilled liquor), bread, pastries, needlework, and woodwork, all of which attracted many shoppers.
These shops will be selling their wares at about 20 different shopping centers around Fukuoka Prefecture until March 2013.


Governor Ogawa states, "Because of these shops, the people of Fukuoka now know of From the Heart Products. I highly recommend people to come and see what these shops have to offer."


Shoppers buying goods

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Delivering a Comprehensive Special Zone Letter of Corporate Designation to Yaskawa Electric (May 8th, 2012)

Becoming the First Designated Corporation in Japan

The Green Asia International Comprehensive Zone, a group of industries that center on the environment are working in cooperation with Fukuoka Prefecture, Kitakyushu City and Fukuoka City, has the goal of constructing an industrial hub where their expertise in the environment will be used worldwide.
Fukuoka Prefecture designated Yaskawa Electric Corporation a corporation subject to receive special tax provisions based on the Comprehensive Special Zone Laws with Mr. Koji Toshima, Chairman of Yaskawa Electric, receiving a letter of corporate designation on May 8th. Yaskawa Electric becomes the first corporation to receive this corporation designation in the seven Comprehensive Special Zones in Japan.
Regarding this designation, Governor Ogawa stated, "I hope that with these special provisions Yaskawa Electric will continue with the development and production of environmentally friendly products. As a prefecture, I would like to rapidly increase businesses that follow in the footsteps of Yaskawa Electric."


Governor Ogawa and Chairman Toshima with the letter of corporate designation

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Opening of the Fukuoka Senior Support Center (April 23rd, 2012)

Supporting People's Aspirations

Fukuoka Prefecture is working on achieving An Active Senior Society, a society that gives a multitude of options where seniors can continue to play an active role in the workplace and the region, depending on each person's ability, regardless of age. The Fukuoka Senior Support Center was launch on April 23rd to play a central role in this endeavour.
Fukuoka Governor Ogawa stated in his speech that, "Fukuoka would like to be a model of an affluent society of longevity where every senior plays an active role."
This support center works on consultation and support related to employment, as well as participating in NPOs and volunteer groups, and the development of businesses where employees continue to work until age 70. The center also holds seminars for businesses and employees, and the training of "child rearing masters" that are active in the field of childrearing (begins this summer).


Governor Ogawa giving his speech


Ribbon cutting ceremony

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Signing Ceremony for an Inclusive Partnership Agreement between Fukuoka Prefecture and the Aeon Corporation (April 20th, 2012)

A New Development in a Mutual Assistance Society

Fukuoka has been promoting the creation of a Mutual Assistance Society which mutually cooperates and supports diverse topics that include NPOs, volunteer groups and businesses.
Fukuoka Prefecture signed an inclusive partnership agreement with the Aeon Corporation on April 20th in order to further revitalize the local region and to improve service to the people of Fukuoka.
One feature of this agreement will be the development of a new form of electronic money by Aeon with a portion of the usage fees being donated to the prefecture. Another feature will be strengthening the cooperation in 14 different areas including the sales of prefectural products and establishing a safe and secure region.
Following the conclusion of this agreement, Fukuoka will promote this kind of comprehensive agreement between businesses, as well as further promoting a Mutual Assistance Society.


Governor Ogawa shaking hands with Mr. Shohei Murai, Senior Executive Officer of Aeon Corporation and CEO General Merchandising Store Aeon Retail Co., Ltd. with both gentlemen holding the letter of agreement.

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Signing Ceremony for the Safety of Fukuokans Concerned About Nuclear Emergency Preparedness(April 2nd, 2012)

Ensuring the Safety and Security of Fukuokans

Fukuoka Prefecture and the cities of Fukuoka and Itoshima signed the Agreement Related to the Safety of the Citizens of Fukuoka Concerned About Nuclear Emergency Preparedness with the Kyushu Electric Power Company on April 2nd. In addition to an information service which must be provided in the case of emergencies, it is written in this agreement that prior notice must also be given in the case of the expansion of reactor facilities, and on-site confirmation must be carried out by inspectors from the prefecture. At the conclusion of this agreement, Governor Ogawa stated, "We must take advantage of this agreement, so that we can ensure that measures can be implemented. Working on an emergency evacuation plan in cooperation with the cities of Itoshima and Fukuoka, we will ensure the safety and security of the people of Fukuoka."


Governor Ogawa signing the agreement


From left to right: Mayor Matsumoto of Itoshima City, Governor Ogawa, President Uryu of the Kyushu Electric Power Company, and Mayor Takashima of Fukuoka City

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Fukuoka Asia Collection (FACo) 2012(March 25th, 2012)

Making Fukuoka a Hub in the Fashion Industry

The Fukuoka Asia Fashion Promotion Council was established by businesses, groups, schools, and local governments to promote Fukuoka as a fashion industry hub in Asia.
The Fukuoka Asia Collection 2012, the largest fashion event in Kyushu, was held on March 25th featuring local Fukuoka brands in order to expand potential business opportunities.
The Fukuoka Asia Collection saw the appearance of famous models wearing the latest fashions including local Fukuoka brands, and attracted an audience of more than 7,400.


Asianbeat


Popular celebrity Suzanne appears on stage wearing Plaisir, a Fukuoka brand and part of FACo.


Kawaii Ambassadors, models from China, Taiwan and Thailand, also appear on stage after being chosen to represent their countries by Asianbeat, a multilingual pop culture website based in Fukuoka.

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2011 Asia Digital Art Award Exhibition(March 18th, 2012)

A Young Local Talent Takes First Place!

Digital art uses computer-created videos and still images to create artwork. The Asia Digital Art Award, an award held since 2001 with the goal of advancing digital content art and the promotion and discovery of talented individuals, has been established as an international gateway for new talent in digital content art.
This year saw the gathering of 874 diverse high-quality works of art from Japanese and international artists, and surpassed the number of entries from last year.
Jyari, a local artistic talent, took home the Grand Prize and the Fukuoka Governor's Award for his still image artwork titled Zen Keshiki at the awards ceremony held on March 18th.
110 award-winning pieces of artwork will be displayed until March 27th at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.


Jyari accepting the Grand Prize


Attendees appreciating works of art

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Departure Ceremony Commemorating the One Year Anniversary of the Completion of the Kyushu Shinkansen(March 17th, 2012)

Advancing Towards a more Prosperous Kyushu

The Kyushu Shinkansen opened for business on March 12th, 2011. A departure ceremony was held at JR Hakata Station on March 17th, 2012 commemorating its first anniversary.
Fukuoka Governor Hiroshi Ogawa proclaimed that since the opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen, Kyushu has seen an increase in the number of visitors. Governor Ogawa stated in his speech that, "It is my earnest wish that Kyushu capitalizes on the region's characteristics and strengths, not only Fukuoka, but Kyushu as well."
A public relations campaign has been started by Fukuoka Prefecture showcasing the attractions of the Chikugo Region coinciding with the opening of the new Shinkansen station, and is an attempt to promote the Chikugo Region even more to overseas and domestic travellers.


Dignitaries cutting the ceremonial ribbon


Actress Eri Murakawa, ceremonial station master, gives the departure signal


The Fukuoka Spring Festival, an event where attendees could try Kyushu cuisine and traditions, was held at the station plaza outside of the station, and attracted a multitude of visitors

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Fukuoka Prefecture Reconstruction Assistance Campaign for the 3.11 Earthquake (March 9th, 2012)

Transitioning from a Relief Campaign to a Reconstruction Assistance Campaign

The day after the March 11th earthquake that struck the Tohoku Region, the Fukuoka Prefecture 3.11 Earthquake Relief Office was established with the Governor of Fukuoka becoming chairman. Fukuoka Prefecture provided support by dispatching personnel and relief supplies.
March 9th marked the one year anniversary of the disaster. Held on this date was the first meeting of the Fukuoka Prefecture Reconstruction Assistance Campaign, which took over from the relief campaign. This campaign was formed in order to respond to the needs of the disaster area and evacuees, and to carry out a long-term sustained assistance towards reconstruction.
Discussed at the meeting were reports outlining relief efforts made so far by each department, and what kind of initiatives will be made from now on. In addition, Mr. Takayoshi Ooe, Section Chief of the Disaster Prevention and Traffic Division of Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, an area devastated by the disaster, outlined the current situation in the affected areas.


Governor Ogawa states, "Fukuoka Prefecture needs to focus on long-term assistance which matches the needs of the affected areas."


"Manpower is what the affected areas need right now. I would like those in attendance to consider sending personnel who could assist us for an extended period," explains Section Chief Ooe


Section Chief Ooe explaining the current situation

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