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July 31, 2012
2012 Fukuoka Advanced System LSI Hub Promotion Committee General Meeting
July 27, 2012
Workshop on the Research Results of Fukuoka Research Center for Recycling System
July 24, 2012
153rd Big Market
July 13, 2012
The Ceremony for the Launch of the Joint Project between Nissan Motor Co.,Ltd. and Fukuoka Prefecture
July 12, 2012
Opinion exchange meeting with Consul-Generals and Chief Consuls who are Resident in Fukuoka
July 9, 2012
The Fukuoka Asia Fashion Promotion Council Forum
July 6, 2012
Line off ceremony of Toyota Lexus ES
July 3, 2012
Inaugural meeting of the Fukuoka Ruby and Software Industry Promotion Committe, Ruby Contents Forum
June 13, 2012
General Meeting of Fukuoka Nanotechnology Promotion Conference, Fukuoka Nanotec Now 2012
June 3, 2012
2012 Fukuoka Prefecture Comprehensive Disaster Drill

2012 Fukuoka Advanced System LSI Hub Promotion Committee General Meeting(July 31, 2012)

Aiming to establish a world-class development center

Fukuoka Prefecture promotes the Silicon Sea Belt Fukuoka Project(SSB Fukuoka Project), which aims for Fukuoka to become a world-class advanced semiconductor design development center. On July 31, the Fukuoka Advanced System LSI Hub Promotion Committee held its general meeting in Fukuoka City, where plans regarding project reports, product development, and human resource development were approved. At the meeting Mr.Kazuo Iwano, Advisor of the Business Service Group at Mitsubishi Corporation, gave a special lecture under the title of "What role the IT will play in the era where the fusion of cyber and real world is taking place"


Governor Ogawa gives a greeting


Special lecture given by Mr. Kazuo Iwano

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Workshop on the Research Results of Fukuoka Research Center for Recycling System (July 27, 2012)

Aspiring to realize a recycling-oriented society thorough collaboration

The Fukuoka Research Center for Recycling supports research and development of recycling technology and social systems that are conducted under the partnerships among industry, government, academic, and private sector for building a recycling-oriented society. A workshop on the center's research was held in Fukuoka City, on July 27. At the workshop, presentations were made on various research results including the development of agricultural organic fertilizer made from recycled oyster wastes.


Researchers presenting research results

Agricultural organic fertilizer made from recycled oyster wastes

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153rd Big Market(July 24, 2012)

Many venture buisinesses making cotributions to energy saving participated

In order to assist venture companies in procuring funds and finding new markets, Fukuoka Prefecture holds Fukuoka Venture Market(FVM) every month, where venture companies have a chance to make presentations to venture capitalists. Big Market is a larger-scale event which offers venture companies the opportunity to showcase their latest products, give lectures, and network amongst each other. Twenty-four companies from inside and outside of the prefecture, mainly those which contribute to energy-saving, exhibit new products. These include a company that developed cooling goods using wetsuit materials. The venue has proven to be a place of active business talks.


Crowds of people visit the venue

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The Ceremony for the Launch of the Joint Project between Nissan Motor Co.,Ltd. and Fukuoka Prefecture(July 13, 2012)

Energy Conservation Action Plan with Nissan Leaf

Fukuoka Prefecture is implementing a joint project with Nissan Motor Co.,Ltd as a measure to reduce summer energy use. The project utilizes an electric car, the Nissan Leaf, and a power supply system, LEAF to HOME.. The ceremony for the launch of the project was held at the front of the Fukuoka Prefectural Government Office on July 13. Governor Ogawa stated, "We would like to provide information to people of Fukuoka about proposed new and innovative ways to save energy. I hope that these measures could be a useful tip for their energy saving list.


Mr.Takao Katagiri, Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co.,Ltd, presents Govonor Ogawa with a key to a Nissan Leaf electric car


Governor Ogawa plugging in a Nissan Leaf electric car

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Opinion exchange meeting with Consul-Generals and Chief Consuls who are Resident in Fukuoka (July 12, 2012)

Making prefectural administration better through opinion exchange

On July 12, the Second Opinion Exchange Meeting was held in Fukuoka City in which consul-generals and chief consuls who are resident of Fukuoka and the Governor came together. The meeting started a year ago as an idea of Governor Ogawa. At this second meeting, Mr. Vu Huy Mung, Counsul-General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mr Cho Jung-won, Counsul-General of the Republic of Korea, Ms. Wendy Elizabeth Holdenson, Counsul-General of Australia, Mr. LI Tianran, Counsul-General of the People's Republic of China, and Jason R. Cubas, Principal Officer of U.S. Consulate were in attendance. Discussing the topic of "International youth exchange", they had a lively exchange of views and suggested that school trips to each country could encourage interaction between the children of Fukuoka and those overseas.


A view of the opinion exchange meeting

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The Fukuoka Asia Fashion Promotion Council Forum(July 9, 2012)

Striving to become a fashion industry hub in Asia.

A forum of the Fukuoka Asia Fashion Promotion Council was held on July 9 in Fukuoka City, where the opening of a showroom for Fukuoka brands in Dalian, China was announced. Governor Ogawa, special advisor at the council, said in his greetings that Fukuoka Asia Collection (FACo) has gained recognition as an unique fashion event in Fukuoka. Fukuoka Prefecture will work together with the council to expand potential business opportunities and to support human resource development. At the forum, Mr.Tomoki Shimano, the editor of female fashion magazine CanCam gave a speech and Fukuoka's local fashion brands that exhibited at the event also introduced their initiatives.


Governor Ogawa giving opening remarks


Ms.Shizuka Kondo,CanCam model, appears on the stage

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Line off ceremony of Toyota Lexus ES(July 6, 2012)

Reinforcing the potential of being a Production Hub in Automotive Industry

Efforts to achieve the goal of making Fukuoka a 1.5 million automobile production base are underway. Currently Fukuoka has established itself as the premier production base, with an annual production rate of 1.54 million units. Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc. held a line-off ceremony on July 6 to mark the start of production of its revamped Lexus ES sedan at the Miyata plant in Miyawaka, Fukuoka prefecture. At the ceremony, Governor Ogawa said, "Expanding production capacity of the Lexus, the symbol of Japan's highly advanced technology, in Fukuoka prefecture, clearly demonstrates the development potential of northern Kyushu as a production base for automotive industry, making it possible for Fukuoka show its appeal to the world."


Participants reconfirming continued cooperation


Govonor Ogawa watching new car model Lexus ES

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Inaugural meeting of the Fukuoka Ruby and Software Industry Promotion Committe, Ruby Contents Forum(July 3, 2012)

Aiming at manufacturing world-class products

Fukuoka Prefecture established the Fukuoka Ruby and Software Industry Promotion Committee by integrating the Fukuoka Contents Industry Hub Promotion Committee and the Fukuoka Ruby Business Hub Promotion Committee. It aims to manufacture world-class products and promote proposal-type businesses by enhancing collaboration and fusion of initiatives that have been made by both committees respectively. On July 3, 2012 an inaugural meeting was held in Fukuoka City. In his opening remarks, Governor Ogawa said, "Under the leadership of this new entity, we will be able to strengthen our collaboration with the industry and make efforts to increase the number of businesses that can develop original products in Fukuoka. In particular, by using Lightweight Language Ruby, which originated in Fukuoka, as leverage, we will also be able to promote business matching activities between developers and embedded software users to expand the industry's business opportunities."


The venue is filled with excitement


Governor Ogawa watching products with amazement

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General Meeting of Fukuoka Nanotechnology Promotion Conference, Fukuoka Nanotec Now 2012(June 13,2012)

Widespread adoption and use of nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is the technology of manufacturing and processing materials in nanometoric units. With a variety of potential applications, it has attracted much attention as a key technology for a wide range of fields such as biotechnology, environmental energy, electronic engineering, and medical treatment. On June, 13, the Fukuoka Nanotechnology Promotion Conference, which was organized by the government, industry, and academics, held its annual general meeting and symposium, where participants made presentations regarding recent trends and their research results in nanotechnology. In conjunction with the meeting, Fukuoka Nanotec Now 2012, Japan's largest trade show specializing in nano-tech products and technology, was held until June 15. At the trade show, 27 companies and universities unveiled the latest research using state-of-the-art technology.


At the symposium, applications of nanotechnology in environmental energy field such as new energy resources and eco-friendly cars were also introduced


Participants providing information of their research and development activities

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2012 Fukuoka Prefecture Comprehensive Disaster Drill (June 3, 2012)

First disaster drill simulated nuclear disaster

The Fukuoka Prefecture Comprehensive Disaster Drill to prepare for disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and nuclear disaster was held at Funakoshi port in Itoshima city on Jun 3. Around 1,400 people, including prefectural and municipal government officials, firefighters, police and locals participated.
This was the first Comprehensive Disaster Drill to simulate a nuclear disaster. Based on the Nuclear-Power Security Cooperation Agreement, which was signed in April, they also trained for collection and distribution of information, mass evacuation of residents and radiation monitoring.

Simulation drills included a landslide on Himeshima Island where training involved evacuation of locals to a designated area. In addition, fire fighting of tsunami fires in costal areas and evacuation support for handicapped individuals during disaster were also conducted. Many locals actively participated in the drills. 


Radiation monitoring using Survey Meter


Governor Ogawa commenting, "Preparing for disasters on a daily basis is important. We will evaluate the results of this comprehensive disaster drill to further enhance the disaster-resistance of Fukuoka."

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