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February 23, 2013
Fukuoka Prefecture sets up the Regional Energy Policy Research Group
February 14th, 2013
Fukuoka ERIA International Forum
February 5th, 2013
2012 Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone Promotion Forum
February 3rd, 2013
The Youths of Fukuoka Prefecture and Bangkok Metropolitan Cultural Exchange Debriefing Session
February 1st, 2013
"The Chief Officer of Public Affairs for Fukuoka Prefecture" Ecoton Acceptance Ceremony
January 30th, 2013
International Hydrogen Energy Development Forum 2013
January 27, 2013
Kyushu-Yamaguchi Industrial Modernization Properties - World Heritage Symposium
January 23rd, 2013
Launching of Ainoshima Brand: Ainoshima Island's Pearls on the Market for the First Time.
January 23rd, 2013
The Next Generation of Motor Vehicles and the Latest Technology Seminar
January 19th, 2013
India Fair in Fukuoka: Fukuoka Prefecture-National Capital Territory of Delhi Friendship-city Status 5th Anniversary Event
December 1st, 2012
20th Annual Fukuoka Prefectural Cultural Prize Presentation and Commemoration Ceremony

Fukuoka Prefecture sets up the Regional Energy Policy Research Group(February 23, 2013)

To study the role of local region.

In the midst of heightened interests from the public toward power and energy creation, Fukuoka Prefecture set up the Regional Energy Policy Research Group made up of external experts on February 23rd. The group investigates into how clean and safe energy or reusable energy can be obtained in regional areas, as well as how the use of a distributed generation or a high efficiency power source can be locally implemented. As they dig deep into the vital role each local region plays in this issue, the newly-formed aggregation plans to submit reports and proposals to the municipal administration accordingly.


At the group meeting.

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Fukuoka ERIA International Forum(February 14th, 2013)

Aiming for Fukuoka developing side by side with the rest of Asia.

In order to integrate the growth of Asia into the economic development of Fukuoka, the Prefecture is actively involved in the establishing Intellectual Exchange Hub of Asia - a place for strengthening research projects and enhancing correspondence for resourceful talents from Asia.
The second Fukuoka ERIA International Forum was held on February 14th, 2013, following the success of previous outing a year ago. Approximately three hundred attendees from Asia's top research organizations, universities, and corporations participated in the Forum. Discussions took place around topics such as potential opportunities for mid-to-small-size businesses created by, hypothetically-speaking, an economic integration throughout East Asia. The current challenges the region faces and how to practically solve them were often adverted in their dialogue as well.


At a speech

A commemorative photograph of speakers

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2012 Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone Promotion Forum (February 5th, 2013)

The Special Zone as the trigger for rejuvenating Fukuoka Prefecture.

Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone aims at developing itself as the Asian business hub of the world. Designated as the special zone in December 2011, the resident ventures and organizations implementing its support system sum up to be well worth over 30 billion yen (or 325 million US dollars) in total capital investment - they are forecasting an additional 30 billion yen going forward.
2012 Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone Promotion Forum was held on February 5th in Fukuoka City, and the overview and explanations of its support system were presented to the public. The leaders and representatives from the adopted entities shared their status of capital investment and the outlook of their business developments, among many others. The event gathered whopping five hundred, enthused attendees in the audience.


At the forum.

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The Youths of Fukuoka Prefecture and Bangkok Metropolitan Cultural Exchange Debriefing Session(February 3rd, 2013)

Extending this THAI of Friendship - Bringing You Our FanTHAIstic Experience.

Since the establishment of their friendship-city relationship status in 2006, Fukuoka Prefecture and Bangkok Metropolitan of Thailand have been engaging in a wide variety of exchange programs from the youths to cultural, financial, and even environmental issues, and so on.
The Youths of Fukuoka Prefecture and Bangkok Metropolitan Cultural Exchange Debriefing Session was held on February 3rd, 2013, at the Kokusai Hiroba in Fukuoka City; the university and high school students who participated in homestay programs gave their personal reports of their experiences in the Southeast-Asian Kingdom. The event also featured various seminars and handicraft vendors for Thai cultural paraphernalia and customs, as well as traditional stage performances put on by exchange students from the Land of Smiles.


A high school student giving his speech.


Traditional dance performances by Thai students.

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"The Chief Officer of Public Affairs for Fukuoka Prefecture" Ecoton Acceptance Ceremony (February 1st, 2013)

Promoting the prefectural government with the adorable charm.

Ecoton was created in 2009 as the mascot for Global Warming Prevention Effort by Fukuoka Prefecture. Today, the character extends his work, not only in the environmental sector but also, in tourism promotion and other sectors as well.
To be the vehicle for promoting the prefectural government in general, the role of the Chief Officer of Public Affairs for Fukuoka Prefecture has been appointed to this beloved icon of Fukuoka citizens. Certified by Fukuoka Governor Ogawa himself, Ecoton accepted the title on February 1st, 2013.
In the attendance at the ceremony were the children from Shosui Kindergarten, who worked on constructing a green wall of Japanese morning glory flowers with this mascot last summer.


At the acceptance ceremony.


The kindergarteners performing a song.

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International Hydrogen Energy Development Forum 2013(January 30th, 2013)

Creating a future with hydrogen society from Fukuoka.

International Hydrogen Energy Development Forum 2013 took place from the 30th to the 31st of January in Fukuoka City.
The 7th annual event brought in over 450 researchers and businessmen/women from 20 different countries in the audience. The forum featured lectures on upside potentials for hydrogen use and different approaches taken by various countries for adapting hydrogen power or fuel-cell vehicles. A debriefing on the latest hydrogen energy researches shared the stage as well.


Fukuoka Mayor Ogawa comments that he looks to devise a plan for a "hydrogen energy main base" by utilizing Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone.


Attentive audience from various parts of the world listen in on the lecture.

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Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyushu and Yamaguchi - World Heritage Symposium (January 27, 2013)

Advocating for the valuable industrial zones to become a World Heritage.

Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyushu and Yamaguchi tells its magnitude of growth spurts and amazing transformation in a very short period of time - a significantly rare case and a notable fact of this country. Along with Fukuoka and Kagoshima, eight prefectures and 11 cities are boosting an effort for their industrial properties to be recognized as a World Heritage; the zones contain a total of 28 facilities of iron mills, coal mines, harbors, and so forth.
In order to raise awareness for the cause, this symposium was held on January 27th in Kitakyushu City. The highlights of the event included a keynote speech by the world's leading expert of industrial archaeology, Sir Neil Cossons; a panel discussion with pundits and professionals; and announcements by local supporters and others.


Sir Neil Cossons broke down the universal value of the Sites for the audience.


Announcements were made about campaigns and promotional activities by local guides and other supporters.

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Launching of Ainoshima Brand: Ainoshima Island's Pearls on the Market for the First Time. (January 23rd, 2013)

Large-Sized pearls produced by Ainoshima Island.

Ainoshima Island (of Shingu, Kasuya County Fukuoka Prefecture) began its cultured pearl production in 2007 after the rare discovery of high-quality, natural pearl oysters in the waters off the island. The operating company, K.Mikimoto & Co.,Ltd., is able to produce large-sized, superior pearls for more than a year at a time - thanks to the oysters' naturally thick inner-shell layers and their strong survival rate in the area. The first batch of newly-launching brand embedded with "Ainoshima" label has been created with their first six harvestings out of the ocean and will be made available to the general public. Future releases have been set forth as well.
K.Mikimoto CEO Hitoshi Yoshida visited Fukuoka Governor Ogawa on January 23rd to inform the launching of Ainoshima Brand in March 2013. Mayor Ogawa stated that he hopes to see Ainoshima Island's pearls find a profound notoriety among many consumers.


Governor Ogawa with staff and members of K.Mikimoto.


Ainoshima Island's pearl merchandise.

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The Next Generation of Motor Vehicles and the Latest Technology Seminar(January 23rd, 2013)

For the development of the entire auto industry in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Fukuoka Prefecture is pushing toward the development of the Plan for a Northern-Kyushu Production Base with More Than 1.5 Million Automotive Manufacturing Outputs. This plan aims to create a self-sustainable mass-production hub equipped with its own developing technology system and complete assembly lines in Fukuoka region.
Amid the heighten oil price and awareness toward creating more of a low-carbon society, the Next Generation of Motor Vehicles and the Latest Technology Seminar was held on January 23rd in Fukuoka City. This provided the local auto-parts manufacturers and affiliating businesses with an opportunity to familiarize with the newest methods, technologies, and issues around the auto industry - especially of those evident in the upcoming wave of fuel-efficient vehicles like the hybrid, the electric, and the fuel cell cars.
The development representatives from Nissan and Toyota addressed the sold-out audience on recent trends of the technologies implemented for designing and manufacturing the next generation of automotives.


During the seminar.

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India Fair in Fukuoka: Fukuoka Prefecture-National Capital Territory of Delhi Friendship-city Status 5th Anniversary Event(January 19th, 2013)

Experience the Indian Culture

In March 2007, Fukuoka Prefecture established its friendship-city status with India's National Capital Territory of Delhi - this was the first of its kind by a Japanese municipality to do so with another state-level governing body.
Commemorating the 5th year of their tides, India Fair in Fukuoka was held on January 19th in Fukuoka City in order to further introduce the country, the art, and the culture of India. The event featured a lecture by novelist and the Indian diplomat to Japan, Mr. Vikas Swarup, in addition to Indian classical music performances put on by Mr. Tadahiro Wakabayashi - an ethnic music expert and instrumentalist.


Lecture titled "India through 'Slumdog Mllionaire.'"


During a classical Indian music performance.

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20th Annual Fukuoka Prefectural Cultural Prize Presentation and Commemoration Ceremony (December 1st, 2012)

For the development of prefectural cultures.

The award of Prefectural Cultural Prize is given by Fukuoka Prefecture to outstanding individuals and groups that significantly contributed to promotion of various prefectural cultures. This year, the prize went to two individuals and one group - Ms. Noriko Tsuiki, a dye-specialist; Mr. Ken Nishimura, an author; and the and the Sakubei Book Reading Club and Fukuoka Prefectural University.
The event venue on December 1st was filled with excitement from speeches and presentations made by the recipients who shared with the audience on what their daily life and activities looked like, where their source of inspiration came from, and so on.


At the presentation.


During the talk event.
From left to right: Ms. Tsuiki, Mr. Senichi Moriyama representing the Sakubei Book Reading Club and Fukuoka Prefectural University, Mr. Nishimura.

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