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Oct 22, 2018 Local News
Kumamon Number Plate Popular with Drivers
Special Kumamoto number plates that include a silhouette of Kumamon in the design have proven popular with the public. At the beginning of October, the Ministry of Land, Infrastruc...
Sep 15, 2018 Local News
Kumamoto Students on Cyber Patrol
Student volunteers in Kumamoto Prefecture carried out a thorough online check following the earthquake that hit Hokkaido to ensure that hoax news stories about the disaster were no...
Sep 3, 2018 Local News
Lions and Tigers Return to Kumamoto Zoo
The lions and tigers that were moved out of the Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens over two years ago due to the series of earthquakes that hit the local area will retu...
Aug 28, 2018 Local News
Kumamoto to Test Child Care Consultation Service
Kumamoto Prefecture announced on August 22 that they will test a 24-hour child care consultation service that will make use of AI. The prefecture will use a data analysis program c...
Jul 17, 2018 Local News
Special Kumamoto and Oita Michelin Guide
A special Kumamoto and Oita-themed Michelin Guide went on sale nationwide on July 13. An event to commemorate the release was held at a branch of Kinokuniya in Oita City. This is t...
May 25, 2018 Local News
Special Regional Number Plates
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced on May 22 that they will introduce a special range of regional number plates into 41 areas across the country this Octo...
Apr 10, 2018 Local News
SUNQ Pass Available in Southern Kyushu
A new SUNQ pass offering unlimited bus travel for three days in southern Kyushu is now available. The tickets cost ¥8,000 when purchased inside Japan and ¥6,000 overseas. The passe...
Apr 6, 2018 Local News
Kumamoto Prefecture Awards One Piece Manga Creator Eiichiro Oda
Kumamoto Prefecture will present an honorary award to Eiichiro Oda, a manga artist best known for creating One Piece. The much-loved title has sold more than 430 million copies wor...
Mar 22, 2018 Local News
Plans to Privatize Kumamoto Airport
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism plans to privatize Kumamoto Airport by April 2020. The ministry will listen to offers from companies who want to operate...
Feb 27, 2018 Local News
Free Use of Kumamon for Local Companies Only
Kumamoto Prefecture moved to strengthen a policy that gives local companies the opportunity to use the image of the popular mascot Kumamon for free when selling products abroad. Th...