Fukuoka Prefecture to Have All Schools Administer Scholastic Ability Test

Under the new Democratic Party of Japan administration, the Ministry of Education has announced a policy of having only selected schools administer the scholastic ability test given to sixth-grade primary school students and third-year junior high school students rather than all the schools in a prefecture. The test, which is to be conducted annually, was [...]

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Hirado Tourism Agency Survival at Risk

Plans currently call for the elimination of tolls on the 665-meter bridge linking the city of Hirado in Nagasaki Prefecture with the Kyushu mainland. Collection of the tolls is subcontracted to the Hirado Tourism Agency, and the fees for this work constitute the agency’s primary income source. The bridge was built in 1977 and the [...]

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JR Kyushu Sponsors On-Line Cell Phone Game

JR Kyushu has teamed up with game producer Colopl of Tokyo to offer an on-like game that can be played with cell phones. The idea of the game is to travel Kyushu by train. Travelers who stop at 50 designated stations transmit their positions from their cell phone, which will color in that section of [...]

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Seven Kyushu Regional Banks Revise Projections Upward

A total of seven of the 17 Kyushu regional banks have revised upward their net profit projections for the year on their interim reports. The banks’ improved outlook results from a decline in bankruptcies among their customers, reduced expenses required for disposing of non-performing loans, an upturn in the stock market, and improved results from [...]

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Kyushu Corporate Income Down 23.4% in 2008

The Fukuoka and Kumamoto Regional Tax Bureaus released information from Kyushu corporate income statements for FY 2008 that shows aggregate corporate income in the region during the year fell 23.4% from the previous year to 1.4789 trillion yen. This was the sharpest year-on-year decline since the record year of 1989, and the amount of income [...]

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Kyushu Electric to Mix Wood with Coal to Generate Electricity

Kyushu Electric Power announced that it planned to mix wood obtained from forestry thinning operations with coal to generate biomass electricity at their power plant in Ashikita-machi, Kumamoto Prefecture. The operations are slated to begin at the end of 2010. The utility says it will burn about 15,000 tons of wood mixed with the coal, [...]

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FDA to Inaugurate Fukuoka-Shizuoka Flights

The Shizuoka-based Fuji Dream Airlines announced plans to start flights between Fukuoka City and Shizuoka Airport next spring. The local airline plans to operate from two to four round trips daily. The fares have yet to be decided. JAL currently operates three daily round-trip flights on the same route, but has decided to eliminate them [...]

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Miyazaki Prefecture to Boost Solar Power Subsidies for Home Use

Earlier this month, Miyazaki Prefecture began accepting applications from homeowners to receive subsidies for solar power generating systems for the home. They had allocated 70 million yen for that purpose. They anticipated receiving about 700 requests overall. On the first day that applications were accepted, however, they received 365, and a week later had received [...]

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Fukuoka Prefecture to Have All Schools Administer Scholastic Ability Test

Under the new Democratic Party of Japan administration, the Ministry of Education has announced a policy of having only selected schools administer the scholastic ability test given to sixth-grade primary school students and third-year junior high school students rather than all the schools in a prefecture. The test, which is to be conducted annually, was [...]

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Hirado Tourism Agency Survival at Risk

Plans currently call for the elimination of tolls on the 665-meter bridge linking the city of Hirado in Nagasaki Prefecture with the Kyushu mainland. Collection of the tolls is subcontracted to the Hirado Tourism Agency, and the fees for this work constitute the agency’s primary income source. The bridge was built in 1977 and the [...]

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