ISIT Creates Educational Games for the Visually Disabled

The Institute of Systems, Information Technologies, and Nanotechnologies (ISIT) in Fukuoka City is involved in the creation of a national network for teachers of the visually disabled, and the development of teaching material for that group to convey to those students the joy of science study. They have just invested 90 million yen in a [...]

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Enhanced Job Training Provided to Foreign Interns

A Fukuoka Prefecture council of 25 organizations for training foreign workers founded this March has begun a full-scale program of enhancing trainee job skills and Japanese language ability. The head of the organization said he hopes their efforts will help the trainees become accustomed to working in Japan and boost their skills, thus helping their [...]

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Honda Plans to Cut Motorcycle Production at Kumamoto Plant

Honda Motors revealed it would reduce overall motorcycle and motorbike production at its Kumamoto plant by 40% and shift its focus to the domestic market. New plans call for a 30% increase in production for Japanese customers, which would then account for two-thirds of the plant’s total output. One reason for the decision was the [...]

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Kyushu Capital Investment Plunges 22%

The Kyushu branch of the Development Bank of Japan released the figures from its survey of capital investment trends in the seven regional prefectures for FY 2009. The projected aggregate amount of capital investment for the current year is expected to be 946.4 billion yen, a 22.7% drop from the previous year and the second [...]

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New Fund Established to Help Small Businesses

The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry announced a new fund has been established to assist in the reconstruction of small businesses in Kyushu. The fund has been capitalized with three billion yen, and those with a financial stake include the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Oita Bank, Fukuoka Bank, Howa [...]

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Best Denki Undergoing Drastic Restructuring

Fukuoka City-based Best Denki, the nation’s seventh-largest consumer electronics mass merchandiser, has embarked on a bold restructuring program to deal with their rapidly deteriorating profitability in the face of intensified competition and a downturn in consumption. This includes the closing of some mainstay outlets and the transfer of others to fourth-ranked Biccamera, with whom Best [...]

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Poor Kyushu Rice Crop Expected

The Tokyo-based Rice Databank Inc., a company tracking rice market conditions, released its forecast for the year’s wet paddy rice crop using an index scaled to 100 points. The rating for Kyushu was a poor 92. They gave a very poor rating under 90 for the crops in Nagasaki, Saga, Fukuoka, and Oita prefectures, which [...]

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Daihatsu to Produce New Mira Model in Oita

Daihatsu Motor Co. revealed that the new model in its Mira lineup, due to go on sale in Japan this month, will be produced at its #2 plant in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture. The company anticipates producing several thousand units per month. The plant already manufactures several of the company’s best-selling cars, and the latest announcement [...]

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Daihatsu to Produce New Mira Model in Oita

Daihatsu Motor Co. revealed that the new model in its Mira lineup, due to go on sale in Japan this month, will be produced at its #2 plant in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture. The company anticipates producing several thousand units per month. The plant already manufactures several of the company’s best-selling cars, and the latest announcement [...]

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Kyushu Promotion at Shanghai Expo

The World Expo Shanghai to open next May will feature a Kyushu-Okinawa Week on the site. The Japanese pavilion to be operated by the Japanese government will promote tourism in the region from the end of September to the beginning of October. In addition, private sector groups are being solicited to present cultural offerings, as [...]

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