Recruit Survey Finds Okinawans Most Closely Attached to Region

A national survey of men and women aged 20-60 of their feelings for their home regions by Recruit found that Okinawans had the strongest positive feelings for their prefecture in the country. Fukuoka Prefecture was in fourth place, while Kagoshima Prefecture was in sixth place. Fukuoka Prefecture led the nation in attachment to their local […]

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JR Kyushu Establishes Agribusiness in Oita City

JR Kyushu has established the JR Kyushu Farm Oita agricultural company in Oita City for the cultivation of Chinese chive, known in Japanese as nira, in the area. One of the railroad’s group companies has taken a 97% stake in the company, with local agricultural concerns contributing the rest. They plan to sell the crop […]

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Sales of Miyazaki’s Prime Mangoes Start

Sales have begun this year of the highest quality mangoes produced in Miyazaki Prefecture, known as Taiyo no Tamago, or Eggs of the Sun. Auctions started simultaneously at 22 markets throughout the country. The highest price received was at the Chuo Wholesale Market in Miyazaki City, where a price of 200,000 was set for a […]

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China-Based Cruise Ships to Bring 2.9 Billion Yen in Economic Benefits

The first large cruise ship based in China has called on the Port of Hakata this year. The port expects 68 calls from cruise ships this year, 66 from China, which would make the port the most popular destination for cruise ships in Japan. The economic benefit from this tourism is estimated at 2.89 billion […]

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Kumamoto Company to Conduct Trials on Creating Biofuel from Bamboo

The Minamata Environmental Technocenter, a public-private partnership in Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, announced it will begin trials this year to distill the biofuel ethanol from bamboo. The center says that southern Kyushu, where Minamata is located, has some of the largest bamboo groves in the country, and they are continuing to expand. This growth is damaging […]

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Saibu Gas Boosts Capital Investment Second Straight Year

Fukuoka City-based utility Saibu Gas announced plans to invest 16.7 billion yen in plants and equipment in the combing fiscal year. This is a 22% increase over their total capital investment last fiscal year, and the second consecutive year-on-year increase. This amount includes 1.3 billion yen for developing the land at a large LNG facility […]

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Nishitetsu Rents Out Study Cubicles

The Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu) is offering rental study cubicles in an office building it owns in the Tenjin district of Fukuoka City. It has created 38 cubicles in a 125 square meter office space on the fourth floor of the Tenjin Meiji-Dori Building, which it bought in 2008. The objective is to create new demand […]

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Kyushu Attracts Fewest New Plant Openings Ever

A nationwide survey of trends in the location of new plant openings by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry for 2009 found that northern Kyushu (Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, and Oita) was chosen as the site for 54 new plants, a 54.2% year-on-year decline, and southern Kyushu (Kumamoto, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima) was chosen as the […]

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New Anti-Gang Law Goes into Effect in Fukuoka Prefecture

A new law has gone into effect in Fukuoka Prefecture that provides penalties for business enterprises that offer financial considerations to criminal gangs. It is the first prefecture in the country to have a law with these provisions. The headquarters of five of the largest gangs in the country are located in Fukuoka Prefecture. Penalties […]

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Efforts Needed to Promote Private Sector Hiring of Foreign Students

The Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade, and Industry released a report on its survey of issues involving highly skilled foreign workers and students in Kyushu. More than half of the students interviewed for the survey said they would be open to working for a Kyushu company, but the employment rate of foreign students at Kyushu […]

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