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Fukuoka's First-ever Triathlon to be Held this July
The first-ever full-fledged triathlon will be held in Fukuoka on Jul. 2. Participants will race against the clock amid the natural beauty of Seaside Park and Shikanoshima Island in Higashi Ward. A total of 870 participants are scheduled to race, making this the largest triathlon in the Kyushu region. With the support of Fukuoka City and Kyushu Sangyo University, the organizing committee for the race will consider ways to revitalize the community with this event. Applicants are being accepted online on a first-come, first-served basis until May 7. Official site:

Fukuoka Foreign Investment Promotion Seminar Held at JETRO Head Office in Tokyo
On Jan. 31, Fukuoka Prefecture and the JETRO Fukuoka Office co-hosted a Fukuoka Foreign Investment Promotion Seminar at the JETRO Head Office in Tokyo. In total, 44 people, including representatives from foreign companies with operations in Japan and officials from several foreign chambers of commerce in Japan, attended the seminar. The event featured talks on Fukuoka's industrial promotion policy and the investment environment in the prefecture. Foreign companies with offices in Fukuoka were also showcased, and there were presentations on Fukuoka's living environment and the industry-university alliances of Kyushu University.

Prefecture to Open Multilingual Call Center for Local Hotels
Fukuoka Prefecture plans to open a multilingual call center with telephone interpreting services that local hotels can use to assist foreign visitors who cannot speak Japanese. Hotels and inns that register with the call center will be able to use it to facilitate communication with their foreign guests. Given the increasing number of visitors from Asia, hailing mainly from Korea, Taiwan and China, as well as Europe and the United States, the Prefecture will decide which languages to offer after asking the hotels what services they need the most.

Local Company Establishes New Fund for Kyushu Venture Companies
Fukuoka City-based Dogan Beta, a company that funds venture companies and provides assistance to startups, has launched a new fund, Kyushu Entrepreneur Club Fund II, to fund Kyushu-based venture companies. One unique feature of this fund is that most of the investors are local companies. Dogan has already lined up 10 local companies to invest in the fund, and it will continue recruiting investors until the end of next February. The aim of the fund is not just to provide financial resources, but to encourage growth through cooperation with the investing companies. Dogan plans to manage up to 2 billion by making use of an investment program offered by the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation. The fund will be managed for a period of 10 years, and Dogan aims to invest in 40 companies over that time.

Auckland Regional Rugby Team Agrees to Exhibition Match in Fukuoka This Summer
At a signing ceremony held in Fukuoka on November 14, 2016, the Auckland Rugby Union of New Zealand and the Dream Rugby Fukuoka Organizing Committee concluded a letter of intent (LOI). With this LOI, both parties agreed that the Auckland regional team will visit Fukuoka to play an exhibition match this August at Hakata no Mori Athletic Field, one of the venues for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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