Saga City to Provide 600 Million Yen to Municipal Bus Company

The Saga City Council agreed on the 25th to provide 600 million yen to the cash-strapped entity operating the Saga City municipal buses. The condition of the allocation is that present service be maintained. The money will be provided over a four-year period starting in FY 2010. The objective is to reduce the capital shortfall […]

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Foreign Lodgers in Kyushu Decline 42% in 2009

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport released its report on the number of visitors to Kyushu’s seven prefectures renting rooms during their visit in 2009. The overall total was 30.72 million people, a 5.2% decline from the previous year, less than the nationwide decline of 5.4%. In contrast, however, the number of overseas visitors […]

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JR Kyushu and Aeon Form Business Ties

JR Kyushu and Chiba-based Aeon announced the formation of business ties to develop business in Asia and new products and shops in Japan. They plan to share their operating resources and expertise in their respective business areas to enter new sectors and create new markets. For example, JR Kyushu plans to open eating and drinking […]

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Fukuoka Taxi Companies to Furlough Part of Fleet

Employment conditions have become more difficult for taxi drivers with the entry of new companies in the business and the increase in the number of taxicabs, so the members of the Fukuoka City Taxicab Association have decided to conduct a trial that will involve the reduction of up to 30% in the number cabs on […]

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Saga City to Provide 600 Million Yen to Municipal Bus Company

The Saga City Council agreed on the 25th to provide 600 million yen to the cash-strapped entity operating the Saga City municipal buses. The condition of the allocation is that present service be maintained. The money will be provided over a four-year period starting in FY 2010. The objective is to reduce the capital shortfall […]

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Foreign Lodgers in Kyushu Decline 42% in 2009

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport released its report on the number of visitors to Kyushu’s seven prefectures renting rooms during their visit in 2009. The overall total was 30.72 million people, a 5.2% decline from the previous year, less than the nationwide decline of 5.4%. In contrast, however, the number of overseas visitors […]

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Air Busan Service between Fukuoka and Busan Takes Off

Air Busan, an airline based in Busan, South Korea, launched service between that city and Fukuoka City on the 29th. It will fly one round-trip a day on a Boeing 737-400 with a capacity of 162 passengers. The airline has set rates lower than those for the high-speed ferries between the two cities, hoping to […]

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New Bank in Kitakyushu

The Yamaguchi Financial Group, which controls the Yamaguchi Bank in Shimonoseki, and the Momiji Bank in Hiroshima, announced that it will open a new bank in Kitakyushu with the working name of the Kitakyushu Bank. The objective is to expand its business in northern Kyushu for retail financial services. The new bank is slated to […]

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Nagasaki Prefecture to Absorb Increased Expenses for Fresh Fish Inspection

Changes in the system for the inspection expenses for fresh fish imports to China will result in higher costs when it is implemented in April. Nagasaki Prefecture announced it will use money from an employment fund to assume the increased costs and maintain the liability for businesses at the current level. China changed its laws […]

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Kyushu Electric Mulls Closing Thermal Power Plants in Oita

Kyushu Electric Power is likely to close two of its thermal power plants using oil in Oita City, the Nishinippon Shimbun reported. The utility will begin preparations to shut the plants down in FY 2010, and cease operation in FY 2012. Kyushu Electric is now in talks with local government officials. There are no plans […]

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