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10/07/16
First National Meeting for the Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens and Regional Vitalization
Prime Minister Abe and Sanae Takaichi, the Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, were in attendance at the " 1st National Meeting for the Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens and Regional Vitalization in Kyushu: Withstanding Disasters ", The meeting was held in Fukuoka in July and comprised of nearly 2,000 representatives from business, universities, public agencies, and citizens'groups. In his opening remarks on behalf of the host prefecture, Governor Ogawa said, "I am highly honored that this meeting is being held in Fukuoka Prefecture, a place where women and the elderly are active contributors." In his keynote address, Prime Minister Abe revealed a plan to proactively invest in the future with a comprehensive economic package totaling more than 28 trillion.

10/07/16
Vietnam”Ēs Largest IT Company Opens First Office in Kyushu
FPT Japan, the subsidiary of Vietna's largest IT company FPT Software, has opened an office in Hakata Ward in Fukuoka. Established in 2005, FPT Japan develops software and provides IT outsourcing services. The new office in Fukuoka is in addition to its headquarters in Tokyo and offices in Osaka and Nagoya, and becomes the company's fourth base in Japan. Launched with 12 employees, the Fukuoka office aims to hire people locally in the not too distant future. The company plans to expand its business in Kyushu while encouraging economic exchange with Vietnam.

10/07/16
Starflyer to Offer Cheap Flights to Foreign Visitors
Starting Oct. 30 and running until Mar. 25 of next year, Starflyer will offer cheap flights to foreign visitors. Dubbed Fly Japan Value Fares, this special offer will enable foreign visitors to fly between Haneda and one of either Kitakyushu, Fukuoka or Yamaguchi Ube airports for 9,000 each way. One-way fares for Kansai-Haneda and Fukuoka-Chubu flights have been set at 7,000. After purchasing the special tickets, visitors will need to present airport counter staff with a non-Japanese passport and an international travel itinerary showing flights to and from Japan. With these new fares, Starflyer hopes to capture a share of the burgeoning foreign visitor market.

09/01/16
Fukuoka Joins JETRO Investment Symposium in Taiwan
On Aug. 1 and 2, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) held an Invest Japan Symposium in the Taiwanese cities of Kaohsiung and Taichung. Fukuoka Prefecture and Fukuoka City both participated in the symposium. Representatives gave a three-minute presentation on the municipalities of Fukuoka and promoted the region from a booth at the networking reception. The Fukuoka delegation emphasized the convenience of Fukuoka's world-class international airport and the relative low cost of doing business in Fukuoka. More than 230 people attended the symposium.

09/01/16
Fukuoka Ranked 7th Most Livable City in the World
The British lifestyle magazine Monocle ranked Fukuoka City 7th on its annual Quality of Life survey. This is the highest that Fukuoka has ever placed, making it the second highest ranked Asian city after Tokyo, which took first place for the second year running. Fukuoka was commended for its low cost of living and delicious food as well as its compact design sandwiched between the mountains and the sea. It also received high marks for using its National Strategic Special Zone designation to promote urban development. Monocle has been conducting its Quality of Life survey since the magazine was founded in 2007. The survey ranks the top 25 most livable cities in the world based on a host of factors including crime rates, education, convenience of public transportation and the business climate.

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