Decision Made on Nanakuma Line Extension

A special committee of the Fukuoka City Council has decided on the route for the extension of the Nanakuma Line running from Tenjin Minami to Hashimoto on the city-operated subway system. The route will run from the Tenjin Minami Station through Canal City Hakata to the JR Hakata Station. The route was chosen because it […]

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Kyushu Auto Production Below One Million Units in 2009

The Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade, and Industry released statistics for automobile production in the region in 2009 showing that production fell from the previous year to roughly 856,000 units, a 24.1% drop. It was the first time in four years production failed to reach one million autos. In contrast, Kyushu accounted for 10.8% of […]

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Toyota Kyushu Stops Production of Two Models

Toyota Kyushu will suspend production of two of four hybrid vehicle models subject to recall for an eight-day period this month. They are the Sai and the Lexis HS250h. This will reduce production by about 2,500 units as a result. The models have the same braking systems that are causing problems in the Prius.

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Nishitetsu to Combine Osaka and Kyoto Routes on Night Bus Service

Starting April 2, the Nishi-Nippon Railway Co. (Nishitetsu) will combine its two long-distance routes to Osaka and Kyoto via Kitakyushu. The company will eliminate the route to Kyoto, and provide service to the city by extending the Osaka route. The trip to Osaka will still take nine hours and 45 minutes, but the trip to […]

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Seven Kyushu Regional Banks Back in the Black

The 18 primary regional banks headquartered in the Kyushu-Yamaguchi Prefecture region released their results for the April-December 2009 period. Seven of the banks swung back to profitability during the period, eight posted year-on-year increases, and three recorded losses. The amount of money the banks spent in the aggregate to dispose of non-performing loans was nearly […]

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Kyushu University and Nepal to Work Together on Research

Kyushu University and the government of Nepal signed a memorandum regarding joint research and to exchange information in the biotechnology field. Their research will be based on the Biodiversity Treaty, to which 190 nations are signatories, and Kyushu University thus becomes the first Japanese university to form a research agreement with a foreign government. The […]

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Company Uses Rice Hulls for Home Insulation

Yoshida Juken, a home building company in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, has developed a method to improve the heat retention and insulating properties of exterior walls by using rice hulls. They’ve applied for a patent for their method, which utilizes material usually disposed of by incineration. The intent is to reduce greenhouse gases by reducing fuel […]

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Big Schedule Modification for Green Bus

The Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co. (Nishitetsu) announced they will rework the schedule of the Green sightseeing bus in Fukuoka City as of March 1. The company plans to eliminate weekday runs, which have attracted few customers, and limit operations to weekends, holidays, and long holiday periods. They will also change the bus stops and extend operating […]

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Korean TV Drama about International Marriage Being Filmed in Fukuoka

Filming began on the 6th of the Korean MBC television drama, Nikkan Kekkon Daisakusen (The Great Japanese-Korean Wedding Operation) at the Kushida Shinto shrine in Fukuoka City. The story involves the courtship and wedding of a South Korean man from Busan and a Fukuoka woman studying in South Korea against their parents’ objections. It will […]

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Yufuin Ryokan Team Up to Offer Mutual Services

The Yufuin Spa and Hot Spring Association in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, announced a new program to add to the appeal of the district as a tourist destination. Lodgers at any one of the 93 member facilities will now be able to enter the baths of any other members free of charge. Some facilities will offer […]

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