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September 5th ,2014
Governor Ogawa promoted industrial tourism to Consul-Generals and Chief Consuls who are resident in Fukuoka
August 19th, 2014
Kick off event of "Fukuoka FCV Club"
July 28th, 2014
The US-Japan Council's (USJC) Governors' Meeting
July 28th, 2014
Visit to Engine Yard Inc.
July 27th ,2014
Exchange with San Francisco Fukuoka Kenjinkai
July 26th, 2014
Exchange with Seattle-Tacoma Fukuoka Kenjinkai and Junior High School Students from Yame City
July 19th, 2014
Establishment of Thailand-Fukuoka OB association
July 15th ,2014
Children from Kaigai Fukuoka Kenjinkai (the association of people from Fukuoka Prefecture in overseas) interacted with elementary school students in Fukuoka
July 2nd-6th, 2014
"FUKUOKA BOOTH" at Japan Expo 2014 Exhibition
July 3rd ,2014
Holding of "Fukuoka Promotion"
July 1st, 2014
Visit to the UN-Habitat Nairobi Headquarters
June 27th, 2014
Jetstar Asia Fukuoka-Bangkok-Singapore inaugral flight ceremony

Governor Ogawa promoted industrial tourism to Consul-Generals and Chief Consuls who are resident in Fukuoka(September 5th ,2014)

In Fukuoka Prefecture there are general consulates of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Australia, the Republic of Korea, and the People's Republic of China, and a consulate of the United States of America.
From this year we started the new PR program. This aims to give Consul-Generals and Chief Consuls who reside in Fukuoka an opportunity to experience attractiveness of various regions in prefecture at first hand. As a first step, we organized the study tour in which Kitakyushu City's industry tourism was introduced. They also visited plants of TOTO Ltd. and Yasukawa Electric Corporation and went on an evening cruise of the nighttime factory scenery in Kitakyushu.
The governor appealed saying, "I hope that this visit will serve to raise your interest in attractiveness of industry tourism in Fukuoka and share your experience with people in your own countries."


At the Kokura Daiichi factory of TOTO Ltd.



Factory tour at Yasukawa Electric Corporation




Evening cruise of the nighttime factory scenery

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Kick off event of "Fukuoka FCV Club"(August 19th, 2014)

On August 19, "Fukuoka FCV Club" was established. The purpose of this club is to encourage spread of Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV) and facilitate development of hydrogen stations through public-private partnership.
Governor Ogawa, the representative of FCV Club, said in his greeting that "With the aim of turning northern Kyushu into the development and production hub of FCV, we could use Fukuoka FCV Club as a powerful tool to take the lead in introducing FCV, convey its advantages and facilitate to build hydrogen stations as well."


The governor giving a greeting


Visit to the exhibition venue(Fukuoka City) with Mr.Yutaka Aso, Chairman of Kyushu Economic Federation. In front of TOYOTA FCV which will come to in market by the end of this fiscal year.


Listening to explanation on hydrogen dispenser (hydrogen supply device)

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The US-Japan Council's (USJC) Governors' Meeting(July 28th, 2014)

On July 28, Governor Ogawa participated Japan Governors' Meeting held by the U.S.-Japan Council in Silicon Valley in the US.
During the panel discussion with the theme of Japan-US economic exchange, the governor introduced Fukuoka's initiatives to promote IT industry and ongoing exchange programs between Fukuoka and the US. The panel discussed the wide range of topics including countermeasures against the issue of aging society with a declining birth rate, as to which the governor explained achievements of Fukuoka Senior Support Center as one example. Approximately 200 participants earnestly listened to the discussion.
The governor also actively exchanged opinions and looked into ways to develop new Japan-US economic exchanges with top members of the council including Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye, President of U.S.-Japan Council, Dr.Daniel Okimoto, the councilor of U.S-Japan Council and other members from local agencies.


Governor Ogawa at panel discussion


A scene of panel discussion


Governor Ogawa with Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye, President of U.S.-Japan Council(the right)
Dr.Daniel Okimoto,Councilor of U.S.-Japan Council, Professor Emeritus of Stanford University,(the left)


Governor Ogawa promoting Fukuoka's sake to participants from the U.S.

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Visit to Engine Yard Inc.(July 28th, 2014)

On July 28, Governor Ogawa visited Engine Yard Inc., a leading hosting service for Ruby applications.
Ruby is a programming language originated in Japan and Fukuoka Prefecture has been working to further expand Prefecture's software industry by leveraging this language. The governor expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Mr. John Dillon, the Chief Executive Officer of Engine Yard, Inc. for his kind cooperation as the advisor of Fukuoka Ruby and Software Industry Promotion Committee as well as sponsorship of Special Company Award for the winner of Fukuoka Ruby Award. The governor and Mr. Dillon actively exchanged their views on how to make the best use of IT in the future.


Visit to Engine Yard Inc.


Governor Ogawa with CEO Mr. Dillon

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Exchange with San Francisco Fukuoka Kenjinkai(July 27th ,2014)

Governor Ogawa attended the exchange meeting with San Francisco Fukuoka Kenjinkai on July 27.
The governor, in his greeting, expressed his appreciation for the participation of Worldwide Fukuoka Kenjinkai Convention held in October 2013, and his intent to make Fukuoka a more attractive place for members of Kenjinkai who are thinking about Fukuoka even they live and thrive in overseas that far away from their hometown.


Governor is giving greeting, Chairperson M.Sunao Ishii is on the right side


With the members of San Francisco Fukuoka Kenjinkai

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Exchange with Seattle-Tacoma Fukuoka Kenjinkai and Junior High School Students from Yame City(July 26th, 2014)

On July 26, Governor Ogawa attended the exchange program with junior high school students from Yame City who visited Seattle, the U.S.A invited by the Seattle-Tacoma Fukuoka Kenjinkai.
The visit of students was realized with the generous support of the Kenjinkai. In July 2013, Yame City affected severe damage hit by unusually heavy rain. On October, the members of the association who came over to Fukuoka to participate in Worldwide Fukuoka Kenjinkai Convention witnessed the stricken area and decided to offer assistance to children who suffered from disaster.


Governor Ogawa and Seattle-Tacoma Fukuoka Kenjinkai Chairperson Mr.SumioTamai


Commemorative photo


Junior high school student from Yama City made a presentation about experience in Seattle

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Establishment of Thailand-Fukuoka OB association(July 19th, 2014)

On July 19, an inaugural ceremony of Thailand-Fukuoka OB association, an organization formed mainly by former overseas students who have studied in Fukuoka prefecture, was held in Bangkok City, Thailand. 30 members, including Mr.Hattori, Vice Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture, Mr. Kaji, Chairman of Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly, and representatives of Prefectural Assembly attended the ceremony.
There are many former overseas students, who are now taking an active role in the world, consider our prefecture as their second home town and wish to contribute to promote interactions between their home country and Fukuoka.
We have been focused on supporting these students as we hope that they will be strong supporters for our prefetre. This organization is the fifth of this kind formed by former overseas students.


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Children from Kaigai Fukuoka Kenjinkai (the association of people from Fukuoka Prefecture in overseas) interacted with elementary school students in Fukuoka(July 15th ,2014)

Experience Japanese school life in their "Hometown" Fukuoka

Kaigai Fukuoka Kenjinkai, the association of people from Fukuoka Prefecture in other countries and their succeeding generations. This serves as the most important bridge of exchanges between Prefecture and foreign countries where people from Fukuoka immigrated. However, as time goes by, people of younger generation can neither speak Japanese nor have contact with Japanese culture.
Aiming to invigorate activities of Kenjinkai, Fukuoka Prefecture invites children from the association to Fukuoka to give them an opportunity to learn about their roots.
On July 15, 21 children from seven countries including Brazil, Columbia, and the United States visited Fukuoka Municipal Naka Elementary School and mingled with students. They enjoyed and made the day as a memorable one even though they were a little bit confused with the unfamiliar ways of Japanese elementary school and traditional culture.


Children speaking about "My favorite things"


First tea ceremony experience

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"FUKUOKA BOOTH" at Japan Expo 2014 Exhibition(July 2nd-6th, 2014)

Fukuoka Prefecture put up a "FUKUOKA BOOTH" at Japan Expo 2014 held from July 2 to 6 at North Paris-Villepinte Exposition Park to promote Fukuoka to visitors.
Fukuoka Kanbe-Kun, a mascot character of Fukuoka, was at our booth and introduced various youth culture such as animation, game content as well as foods and tourist attractions.
On Jun 5, Governor Ogawa jointly promoted the appealing points of Fukuoka with Mr.Kaji, Chairman of Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly and participants from Fukuoka's business circle.


The governor Ogawa and Mr.Kaji,Chairman of Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly promoting Yame green tea


With "Fukuoka Kanbe-Kun"

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Holding of "Fukuoka Promotion"(July 3rd ,2014)

The event called "Fukuoka Promotion "was held at Residence of Japanese Ambassador to French on July 3rd.
Governor Ogawa actively promoted Fukuoka Prefecture by saying "While Fukuoka is blessed with abundant nature, our Prefecture has sophisticated urban functions. We welcome you to visit Fukuoka where you can enjoy such exclusive charms as foods, culture, tourist spots and other attractiveness."
At the display space, we promoted various local products including Fukuoka-based Kitaya brewery's sake(rice wine) which was awarded the Champion Sake Award by International Wine Challenge (IWC) in 2013, offered Yame green tea tasting, and introduced traditional crafts such as Hakata-Ori textile.


Governor Ogawa appealing Fukuoka's attractiveness


Governor Ogawa appealing Fukuoka's attractiveness


PR of Fukuoka's sake

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Visit to the UN-Habitat Nairobi Headquarters(July 1st, 2014)

On July 1st, Governor Ogawa visited the Headquarters of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi, Kenya and talked with Dr. Joan Clos, the Executive Director of the UN-HABITAT.
Dr. Clos expressed his appreciation to Fukuoka Prefectural Government and other agencies in Fukuoka for its continuing support to the activities of the UN-Habitat's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Fukuoka, and hoped for further strengthening cooperation. In response, Governor Ogawa expressed his gratitude to activities of the UN-Habitat which has been working in diverse areas to secure sustainable living environment that is the very foundation of peoples' lives. The governor also referred to contributions that have been made by the organization over the past 17 years and noted that their activities have been highly praised both in Asia Pacific and international community. In addition, acknowledging the importance of the UN-Habitat Fukuoka Office, the governor expressed his wiliness to fully support their activities as the prefecture, which wishes to grow and develop together with Asia.


Governor Ogawa making remarks


Delegates from Fukuoka Prefecture with Dr.Clos, Executive Director of the UN-Habitat
(the sixth from the left in the front row)

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Jetstar Asia Fukuoka-Bangkok-Singapore inaugral flight ceremony(June 27th, 2014)

Jetstar Asia launched new flight services on their new "Singapore-Bangkok-Fukuoka" route on June 26. It became the first LCC to fly between Singapore, Bangkok and Fukuoka, enabling users to have more options while improving convenience.
In his greeting, the governor said, "Fukuoka-based companies have already expanded into both Thailand and Singapore. We have been deepening our relationships in diverse areas through various exchange programs. I sincerely hope that the new flight service will further boost exchanges between Fukuoka Prefecture and Bangkok City."


Governor Ogawa giving a greeting


An inaugural ceremony

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