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March 22nd, 2015
Fukuoka Asia Collection 2015
March 10th, 2015
Ruby Contents Forum Fukuoka 2015
March 3rd, 2015
Fukuoka to host 2019 Rugby World Cup matches.
February 14th, 2015
UNESCO World Heritage Symposium for "Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in Munakata Region"
February 3rd, 2015
International Hydrogen Energy Development Forum 2015
February 2nd - 6th, 2015
Sake Brewery Tours Kyushu

Fukuoka Asia Collection 2015

March 22nd marked the 7th year for this year's Fukuoka Asia Collection (FACo). With over 7,000 in attendance at the Fukuoka Convention Center, Asia's leading fashion extravaganza this year featured high-profile celebs and fashion icons to entertain the predominantly young female-dominated crowd from the stage. The event also featured a special appearance made by the Kawaii Ambassadors chosen from China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan - of whom the visitors had voted from various contestants on the prefecture-operated multilingual website, asianbeat.com.


A scene on stage.

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Ruby Contents Forum Fukuoka 2015

Fukuoka Prefecture is actively involved in promoting I.T. industry within the prefecture. The annual Ruby Contents Forum Fukuoka was held on March 3rd this year in Fukuoka City. For further advancement of software/web-content production commerce, this year's event featured international I.T. business seminars for systems and products utilizing user-friendly programming language Ruby. Created by Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto in the 90s, Ruby has become one of the most proficient coding languages existing today, empowering wide rage of websites and mobile apps such as Groupon and Shopify. The event also featured award ceremonies for the winners of the 7th Annual Fukuoka Ruby Award and Fukuoka Business Digital Contents Award 2015.


Governor Ogawa and Mr. Hino, President/CEO of LEVEL-5 Inc.



Fukuoka Governor listens in on Nikoichi camera presentation - the eventual 2015 Fukuoka Digital Content Award winner.

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Fukuoka to host 2019 Rugby World Cup matches.

Fukuoka City has been named as one of the 12 cities to host matchups during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The selections were announced on March 2nd in Dublin, Ireland. The 2015 tournament in England is set to take place in September and November; the organizers state that it is the third largest, worldwide athletic competition following the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. Japan is also set to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo the following year. It goes without saying - a high volume of travelers to the country as well as a strong presence of international media coverage are expected both leading up to and during those back-to-back years.


The audience cheers as the hosting cities are announced.

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UNESCO World Heritage Symposium for "Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in Munakata Region"

Currently on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List for 2015 is Okinoshima Island and Related Sites in Munakata Region. In order to raise awareness and to highlight the uniqueness of the Sites for the public, this special meeting took place on February 14th with Fukuoka Governor Ogawa in attendance. The Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in Munakata Region entails the history and tradition of nature worship in Japan. The island of Okinoshima is still to this day heavily prohibited from entering, as it is regarded a sacred place by the locals. This, as well as the term kamikaze, originated there in the region when a series of typhoons fended the army vessels of Kublai Khan during the Mongolian invasions in the 13th century.

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International Hydrogen Energy Development Forum 2015

As Fukuoka continues to push for further advancement of its hydropower industry, the International Hydrogen Energy Development Forum 2015 took place on February 3rd at the Ito campus of Kyushu University. It was the first one of this open-ended gathering held following the domestic release of hydrogen-powered Mirai back in December 2014. Keynote speeches included from top automotive developers and researchers focusing on the issues of how to expand the number of eco stations for FCV drivers and how to market strategically for standardizing the use of the hydro vehicles in the near future.


Governor giving a greeting.


Toyota's fuel cell vehicle MIRAI.

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Sake Brewery Tours Kyushu

With global popularity and demand for sake continuing to rise, Fukuoka hosted the first-ever Sake Brewery Tours Kyushu from February 2nd to the 6th along with participants and media members from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Singapore. The Tour featured visits to some of the Prefecture's longest-standing, iconic sake breweries to get a rare inside-look of the factory and making of the traditional alcoholic beverage.

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