New Outlet Openings of Large Retail Stores Fall 21%

The Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade, and Industry reports that notifications of new outlet openings for large retail stores in Kyushu (defined as having a floor area of 1,000 square meters) in FY 2008 fell 21.7% from the previous year, the second annual decline. In combination with the economic downturn and the series of department [...]

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Nishitetsu Enters the Condominium Remodeling Business

Nishi-Nippon Railway (Nishitetsu) has launched an enterprise for the purchase, renovation, and resale of condominiums built roughly 20 years ago in the Fukuoka City area. The economic downturn has resulted in a 30% year-on-year plunge in new condominium sales. The company expects that remodeling older condos purchased at auctions or through other means, and then [...]

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Kyushu University to Build Robot Center

Kyushu University announced plans to create an R&D center for robots for use in medical treatment. The center will be part of their university hospital. In addition to R&D, it will conduct clinical trials and treatment experiments. The project will be conducted with the cooperation of machinery and pharmaceutical manufacturers, and receive financial assistance from [...]

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Starfish Causing Problems with Shrimp Industry

The sharp increase in the number of starfish in Tachibana Bay in Isahaya and Unzen in Nagasaki Prefecture is causing problems with shrimp fishing, now in its peak period. A survey ship in June caught 50 kilograms of starfish in just 30 minutes. The starfish had inhabited coastal areas of the bay, but now they [...]

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Efforts Underway to Attract Aviation Industry to Fukuoka

With the region’s core automotive and semiconductor industries suffering from the economic doldrums, the government of Fukuoka Prefecture is turning to the aviation industry to pick up the slack through two separate projects. The first is an effort to attract aircraft body assembly plants to the area near the new Kitakyushu Airport. The second is [...]

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Fukuoka Agricultural Products Trading Co. to Promote Exports to Asia

A ceremony was held to commemorate the opening of the Fukuoka Agricultural Products Trading Co. in Fukuoka City, a company created by the prefecture and area agricultural groups to promote the export of farm products to other parts of Japan and Asia. Other large private-sector companies have a financial stake in the company, including Kyushu [...]

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Kurume Company Utilizes DNA Chip Manufacturing Machinery

Ecogenomics, a venture capital-backed company in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, became the first firm in Japan to purchase and use the machinery for manufacturing DNA chips, which analyze thousands of genes simultaneously. These devices are used to detect the effect of the environment and chemicals on our genes. The company bought two machines for a combined [...]

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Kyushu Farm Families Split on Acreage Reduction

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries released the results of its first survey on its policy of reducing acreage to adjust rice production. Farmers nationwide were roughly split 50-50 on whether the policy should be maintained or strengthened on the one hand, or eliminated or relaxed on the other. There was a slight majority [...]

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Independent Baseball League Champs in Danger of Folding

The Nagasaki Saints, the first-half champion of the Shikoku-Kyushu Island League, an independent baseball circuit, are in danger of folding due to the lack of financial support resulting from the economic downturn. The Saints are the first Kyushu team in the league to win a title. The owners of the Saints, which are in their [...]

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Independent Baseball League Champs in Danger of Folding

The Nagasaki Saints, the first-half champion of the Shikoku-Kyushu Island League, an independent baseball circuit, are in danger of folding due to the lack of financial support resulting from the economic downturn. The Saints are the first Kyushu team in the league to win a title. The owners of the Saints, which are in their [...]

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