Fukuoka Prefecture, which has the largest population and economic power among the 13 million population (same size as Tokyo) of Kyushu, is known as the closest prefecture of Japan to ASEAN countries, and many global companies are gathered in large metropolitan. Fukuoka is also designated as the “Green Asia International Strategic Special Zone” by the Japan government.
Moreover, in Fukuoka Prefecture, an area of harmony between business functions and rich environment, prices are stable compared to those of Tokyo and Osaka. The Prefecture offers excellent living and education environments, which help residents to live a relaxed life.
Fukuoka Prefecture has one of the largest population and economic power in western Japan, and has many strengths as a base for expanding business in Japan and overseas, including various transportation infrastructures and excellent living and business environments. Fukuoka Prefecture has established an industrial base for green business in Fukuoka and is working on a project called “Green Asia International Strategic Special Zone” that involves the Asian region, and also develop and accumulate cutting-edge growth industries such as automobile industry, biomedical, IoT, robotics, and hydrogen.
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Northern Kyushu is a base of the automobile industry with production capacity of 1.59 million units a year, with the location of automobile manufacturers such as Nissan, Toyota, and Daihatsu. Fukuoka Prefecture is implementing various programs to further develop the northern Kyushu automobile industry.
In order to foster bio-related industries, Fukuoka Prefecture will create bio-ventures and enter the bio field mainly in Kurume City in the southern part of Fukuoka Prefecture, which has the largest agricultural shipment value in Kyushu. Fukuoka Prefecture aim to form a “biocluster” in which industries are concentrated.
Fukuoka Prefecture has established the “Fukuoka Medical Welfare Equipment Development and Demonstration Network” composed of companies, hospitals, universities, governments, industrial support organizations, etc., in order to solve problems in the field of medical welfare equipment and development.
In Fukuoka Prefecture, companies with advanced IoT-related technology are concentrated. Taking advantage of these strengths, the “Fukuoka IoT Promotion Lab” will provide comprehensive support from finding out needs, business matching, product / service development verification, market development support, and human resource development.
In order to realize a hydrogen energy society, Fukuoka Prefecture has established the “Fukuoka Hydrogen Energy Strategy Conference” in collaboration with industry, academia and government. The Fukuoka Hydrogen Strategy (Hy-Life Project) is being developed to comprehensively promote the development and diffusion of hydrogen energy.
Fukuoka Prefecture will increase its industrial competitiveness with the aim of making Fukuoka an FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) diffusion base by leveraging the accumulation of hydrogen-related technologies in the Fukuoka Hydrogen Strategy and the accumulation of the automobile industry in the Northern Kyushu Auto Industry Asia Advanced Base Project.
The joint project “Green Asia International Strategic Special Zone” by Fukuoka Prefecture, Kitakyushu City and Fukuoka City has been designated as the International Strategic Special Zone for the Japan gov. This zone aims to grow together with Asia by taking advantage of the vitality of Asia and strengthening the international competitiveness of industries centering on the environment.
Fukuoka Prefecture has accumulated the technology and human resources cultivated in cutting-edge growth industries such as steel industry, chemical industry, automobiles, semiconductors and robots. Taking advantage of this potential, Fukuoka is working to attract aircraft-related companies centered on Kitakyushu Airport and to encourage companies to enter the aircraft industry.
Fukuoka Prefecture is promoting the following three industries as other growth strategy projects. Promotion of the robot industry utilizing the potential of local robot-related companies. Promotion for research and development of new organic EL materials, practical application and industrialization. And also promoting the software industry centered on the programming language Ruby.
Fukuoka was ranked 2nd (in 72 cities excluding Tokyo) in the “Japanese Urban Characteristic Evaluation (2018 Edition)” announced by Mori Memorial Foundation Urban Strategy Research Institute. In addition, Fukuoka has been ranked in the “Monocle 2018 Quality of Life Top 25 Cities Survey” announced by the British magazine. Fukuoka can be said to be excellent in terms of business and life.
The Kyushu area, where eight prefectures including Fukuoka Prefecture are located, has an economic power comparable to that of one of the advanced European countries such as Belgium and Poland.
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Fukuoka is an attractive living environment that harmonizes urban functions and nature, and is surrounded by the sea and mountains, and is blessed with “food” such as fresh seafood and mountain food. Utilizing the strengths of this prefecture, which is adjacent to such urban areas and farming and fishing villages, Fukuoka Prefecture also focusing on promoting tourism business and establishing Fukuoka’s tourism brands.
Fukuoka has attractive features not found in Tokyo or Osaka, such as reasonable land and good business environment such as office rent. In addition, the prefecture is actively engaged in attracting overseas companies, and 212 foreign-affiliated companies were invited from 2003 to 2018.
Fukuoka Prefecture is working with related organizations such as SME support organizations, financial institutions, municipalities, etc. to provide support according to the growth stage, such as strengthening the management foundation and developing new businesses from the start-up stage of the company.
Fukuoka Prefecture and 14 municipalities in the prefecture have a friendly alliance with 43 foreign states, cities and municipalities. Fukuoka Prefecture has also signed friendship alliances with the following foreign cities to exchange in a wide range of fields such as economy, environment, culture, education, tourism and youth development.
Hawaii in the United States in 1981, Jiangsu Province in China in 1992, Bangkok in Thailand in 2006, Delhi Territory in India in 2007, Hanoi in Vietnam in 2008. Below are some of the cities that have a relationship with Fukuoka Prefecture.
Regarding the relationship between Fukuoka Prefecture and Hawaii, Fukuoka Prefecture’s “Hakata Gion Yamakasa” participated in the Hawaii Aloha Week Festival in 1980, and the “Fukuoka Products Exhibition” was held at the same time. These events boosted the spirit of promoting friendship between Fukuoka Prefecture and Hawaii.
As a result, each parliament decided to promote sisterhood ties, and each other continued to discuss sister ties over a year, and a signing ceremony was held on September 25, 1986 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In April 1992, the 20th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China, when General Secretary General Ezawa of the Chinese Communist Party visited Fukuoka Prefecture, the governor of Fukuoka announced that he would aim for a friendly partnership with China within this fiscal year. . In response to this, a friendly alliance review committee was established, and a study team was dispatched to negotiate and decided a friendly alliance with Jiangsu Province.
In September 1992, an application was made for a friendly tie-up, and on November 4, the signing ceremony was held in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province.
In order to expand relations with Asia, Fukuoka Prefecture has decided to interact with Thailand, which is remarkable for the development of the “automobile industry”, which is the main industry of Fukuoka Prefecture, among other Asian regions. Then, Bangkok, the political, economic and cultural center of Thailand, was selected as a candidate area. Fukuoka Prefecture dispatched a survey team in October 2005, held a meeting with the Governor of Apirak Bangkok, and confirmed their intention to exchange, and received positive responses.
In February 2006, a delegation headed by the governor of Aso Fukuoka Prefecture visited Bangkok and signed a friendship agreement.
In order to expand relations with Asia, Fukuoka Prefecture has decided to interact with India, which has developed significantly, centering on cutting-edge IT and the automobile industry, among other Asian regions. Fukuoka Prefecture has been selected as a candidate area for the Delhi Territory, the center of politics, economy and culture in India. Fukuoka Prefecture dispatched a study team in October 2005, and in February 2006, a delegation headed by the governor of Aso Fukuoka Prefecture visited Delhi and held a meeting with Dixit Delhi.
After obtaining approval from the Indian government, in March 2007, Fukuoka Prefecture and Delhi Territory signed a friendly alliance.
In order to expand relations with Asia, Fukuoka Prefecture has decided to interact with Vietnam, which has achieved remarkable growth due to its abundant labor force and diligent national character among Asian regions. Fukuoka Prefecture has chosen Hanoi City, a political, economic and cultural center of Vietnam, as a candidate area.
After dispatching a study team in October 2005, negotiations at the practical level continued, and in February 2008, a delegation headed by the governor of Aso Fukuoka Prefecture visited Hanoi and concluded a friendly alliance.
Fukuoka Prefecture is considered to be the gateway to Japan facing the Sea of Japan, and various foods and food cultures have been introduced. In Fukuoka, you can enjoy freshly picked seafood. Inland, mountainous areas and plains spread, and there are abundant agricultural products. Fukuoka specialty strawberry “Amaou” and other items are also popular overseas.
In this way, Fukuoka Prefecture is a “food treasure house” where you can enjoy local cuisine unique to Fukuoka, such as ramen, udon, water cooking, mochi nabe, and mentaiko.
Fukuoka Prefecture is one of the leading fashion industry clusters in Japan, with many designers active in the Tokyo metropolitan area with its own brand and many apparel-related companies. In Fukuoka Prefecture, there are many fashion-related universities, junior colleges and vocational schools, which produce many excellent human resources and have great potential in terms of human resource supply.
Fukuoka Prefecture, together with Fukuoka City and the Fukuoka Asian Fashion Base Promotion Council, annually holds the Fukuoka Fashion Collection (FACo), the largest fashion event in Kyushu.
This fashion event is attracting attention as Japan’s three major real-close fashion shows.
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There are about 3000 Onsen (hot spring) resorts in Japan, and Kyushu is also called “Onsen Tengoku (Hot Spring Heaven) Kyushu”, because Oita, Kagoshima, and Kumamoto are ranked in “10 Onsen (Hot Spring) Rankings in Japan”.
Fukuoka has 52 Onsen and is divided into 6 Onsen areas: Harazuru Onsen, Chikugogawa Onsen, Hakata Onsen, Futsukaichi Onsen, Funagoya Onsen and Wakita Onsen. Please enjoy Japanese-style hot springs that are different from hot springs in other countries!
There are currently about 70 universities, junior colleges, technical colleges, vocational schools and various schools in Fukuoka Prefecture, and the number of international students attending schools in Fukuoka Prefecture is about 19,000, which is increasing year by year.
Kyushu University has the largest number of universities in Fukuoka Prefecture with about 2,300 international students, followed by Nihon Keizai University with 1,300 students, followed by Kyushu Sangyo University with 490 students.
Fukuoka Prefecture supports international students as a whole by the university, government, business community, and local community.
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