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07/04/16
Woman Work Cafe Kitakyushu Opened
The Government of Japan, Fukuoka Prefecture and Kitakyushu City have teamed up to open Woman Work Cafe Kitakyushu on the 2nd floor of the AIM Building in Kitakyushu City. The cafe will provide support to women looking for work, women seeking career advancement opportunities and women looking to start their own companies. The national government will provide information on job openings, including positions that can be balanced with child-rearing. The Prefecture, meanwhile, will offer consultations to women who have work-related concerns and accompany facility users to interviews at their request. Kitakyushu City will offer job placement support for single mothers, including consultations on nursery school entrance procedures. It will also hold seminars and networking meetings for women who are thinking about starting their own companies. This is the first-ever facility in Japan in which governments at the national, prefectural and municipal level have joined forces to provide job placement support for women.

07/04/16
Fukuoka City and Partners to Develop Fuel Cell Truck
Fukuoka City will team up with several private-sector companies to develop Japan's first-ever fuel cell truck. The truck will run on hydrogen extracted from the biogas generated by sewer sludge in Fukuoka City. The vehicle itself will be designed by Tokyo-based automobile manufacturers. The demonstration test will be conducted with a transportation company's truck in an effort to promote the adoption of fuel cell vehicles in the distribution sector. Development will take two years, and the experimental vehicle is scheduled to run cargo deliveries in the Tenjin area starting in 2018.

06/06/16
Fukuoka Prefecture Assists with Kumamoto Recovery
In the immediate wake of the massive damage sustained by the Kumamoto Earthquakes, the Prefectural Police dispatched its Wide-area Emergency Support Team and Fukuoka Prefecture dispatched its Emergency Firefighting Brigade and Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) to the affected areas. The prefecture also sent other experts, such as a Health Management Support Team and the building risk assessment officers, and made every effort to provide relief to its southern neighbor. Furthermore, a large number of Prefectural Office employees and employees from local municipalities in Fukuoka Prefecture worked in the disaster-stricken areas managing evacuation centers, issuing disaster victim certificates and so on. Governor Ogawa also visited the affected areas to offer his condolences to the victims and pledged his continuing support to the recovery effort.

06/06/16
Kyushu Expressway Reopens
The Kyushu Expressway, which was partially closed in the wake of the Kumamoto Earthquakes, reopened on Apr. 29 just in time for Golden Week. On Apr. 29, the Kumamoto Service Area in Kumamoto City bustled with tourists traveling along the highway. The reopening of Kyushu's major artery is expected to accelerate the pace of Kumamoto's reconstruction efforts.

06/06/16
Kitte Hakata Opens
On Apr. 21, the Kitte Hakata building, located next to JR Hakata Station, opened. The new building features about 180 stores, including the flagship Hakata Marui-the Tokyo-based Marui Group's first foray into Kyushu. It has three floors below ground, 11 floors above ground and a total floor area of 64,000 m2. In addition to 50 eateries, the building also houses a Fukuoka University-affiliated clinic and a large Uniqlo store. Approximately 80,000 people visited Kitte on the first day. The building, together with the neighboring JR Hakata City (which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary), is expected to attract a large number of consumers and nearby office workers.

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