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09/01/16
Unicharm to Build New Plant in Fukuoka
Disposable diaper and sanitary product-maker Unicharm has announced plans to open a new plant in Kanda Town. The company acquired a lot within the Shin-Matsuyama Seaside Industrial Park for 3.5 billion yen. It chose the location for its proximity to Kanda Port and the Kanda-Kitakyushu Airport Interchange on the Higashi-Kyushu Expressway. This will be Unicharm's first production plant in Kyushu, and the company hopes this move will bolster the domestic supply chain while positioning it for expanding exports to China and other parts of Asia where the demand for Japanese goods is growing. The new plant is slated to open in the summer of 2018.

07/28/16
Kyushu Reconstruction Discount Tickets Selling Well
Kyushu Reconstruction Discount Tickets, whose aim is to help Kyushu's tourism sector recover in the wake of the Kumamoto Earthquakes, are selling well. They can be used for lodgings or travel packages within Kyushu. What's more, the tickets can be issued electronically when using hotel booking sites like Jalan and Rakuten. Tickets for specified accommodations in the prefecture can be purchased at convenience stores around Japan, and travel agencies are offering tickets for bus tours and other packages with discounts of up to 50%. Discount rates depend on how badly a prefecture was affected by the disaster, and discounts of up to 70% are available for some services in Kumamoto. The first batch of tickets sold out in 30 minutes, and for some hotels, reservations have already rebounded to pre-disaster levels. Fukuoka Prefecture launched a homepage (http://kyushu-fukkou.jp/) for the tickets to encourage a swift recovery in travel demand for the greater Kyushu region.

07/28/16
Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture Visits Finland
Governor Ogawa and members of the Prefectural Assembly visited Finland to commemorate the launch of Finnair's new Fukuoka-Helsinki route. The group visited Finnair headquarters where they met with CEO Pekka Vauramo. Governor Ogawa asked Mr. Vauramo to keep operating the new route until the end of the year instead of the scheduled end date of October to facilitate mutual exchange between the two cities. The delegation also visited the Finnish Tourist Board where they exchanged opinions on how to invigorate exchange between Europe and Kyushu. Furthermore, they pitched Fukuoka as a possible location for Finland's training camps ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

07/28/16
Fukuoka Prefecture Opens Four Child Support Offices
Fukuoka Prefecture has opened four Child Support Offices throughout the prefecture to offer one-stop support to child-rearing households facing economic or other difficulties. Coordinators from the offices makes house calls to consult with people about their concerns, after which they draft support plans tailored to each household's needs in coordination with various agencies.

07/05/16
Prefecture Launches Fukuoka Bousai Free Wi-Fi
To boost disaster preparedness in public facilities, Fukuoka Prefecture has begun operating Fukuoka Bousai Free Wi-Fi, a public wireless LAN with emergency telephone service (Note: Bousai means " disaster prevention. ") This Wi-Fi service will enable speedy internet connections in the event of a disaster. Users will not need to register for the service, but will be automatically directed to the Prefecture's disaster prevention homepage. The Prefecture aims to enhance ways to communicate information in the event of a disaster as well as information about disaster prevention by using this service as a model to encourage municipalities to install similar Wi-Fi networks.

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