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Fukuoka City Bulletin May 2015

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Taking Fukuoka to the Next Level
The City’s budget for the 2015 fiscal year was approved. At ¥782 billion (+¥5.6 billion y-o-y), the general account budget is the highest on record. Fukuoka aims to be “a leading city in Asia, balancing people, urban functions and the environment” and has defined the creation of a positive feedback loop between urban growth and improved living standards as its basic strategy for city management. Taking advantage of relaxed regulations within the National Strategic Special Zone, the City aims to use the urban growth generated to raise the standard of living. The details of the budget can be found on the City’s homepage. Inquiries: Financial Coordination Section (092-711-4166)

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Message from Mayor Takashima
The theme for the FY2015 budget is “Fukuoka’s Next Stage”. By working to bolster the city’s growth, the number of visitors and the number of companies coming to Fukuoka has increased. This fiscal year, I would like to use the fruits of this growth to improve the standard of living for the citizens and ensure the effects of this growth are felt in every corner of the city. By promoting the National Strategic Special Zone, the Tenjin Big Bang and the Waterfront Redevelopment Plan, we will not only enhance city functions, we will also plant the seeds of future growth. We will also work to use ICT and the power of the private sector to create sustainable systems aimed at resolving various social issues. I look forward to seeing what new things you will try in your respective fields. Together we can take Fukuoka to the next stage.


Fukuoka Marathon 2015
Fukuoka Marathon 2015 returns this year on Nov. 8 (Sun). The number of slots for residents of Fukuoka and Itoshima cities will be doubled from 1,000 to 2,000 to make the event more appealing to locals. Also, the first 100 people who donate ¥100,000 or more to the newly established Fukuoka Sports Fund can win a race slot without participating in the lottery (applies to all races; does not include participation fee). Inquiries: Fukuoka Marathon Application Center (0570-020-302)

9th Fukuoka Theater Festival
The 9th Fukuoka Theater Festival will be held at Nishitetsu Hall, IMS Hall and Pom Plaza Hall from May 6~31. The event was launched in 2006 as a way to build connections between performers and the local community. Theater companies from Fukuoka and around Japan will be performing at the festival. For a limited time, you can by a special pass that grants admission to all of the performances. Inquiries: Art Management Center of Fukuoka (NPO) (092-752-8880)

Fukuoka House Completed
The construction of Fukuoka House, a lodging facility for the family members of patients at the Fukuoka Children’s Hospital (5 Kashii-teriha, Higashi-ku), is now complete. Located on the hospital grounds, the facility was funded in part by donations. It will open on May 1 (Rate: ¥1,000 per person per night) and will be managed by Ronald McDonald House Charities Japan. Inquiries: Fukuoka House (092-692-2031)

For more Information
Fukuoka City Bulletin

Fukuoka Shisei Dayori is City Hall’s official magazine published bi-weekly on 1st and 15th of each month 23 times per year. It’s available in Japanese online too. Consider using it for Japanese study! ふくおか市政だより Website: www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/shisei/kouhou-hodo/shiseidayori/

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Published: Apr 27, 2015 / Last Updated: Jun 13, 2017

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