Fukuoka Now Classifieds – Posting Policy
(Mar., 15, 2012)
Welcome to Fukuoka Now Classifieds – the quickest and most effective way to share messages within Kyushu’s international community since 1993!
Messages posted on this site can be viewed free of charge by the public. Free (non-commercial) messages are posted without charge, subject to approval by our moderators. Paid (for-profit) messages can be posted for a small fee. Messages advertising language instruction services (Japanese language excluded) and language instruction jobs, are exceptions, and can be posted without charge.
Message Screening Process
Users can submit messages to our server at any time. After one of our moderators has reviewed and approved your message, it will appear in the appropriate category (usually within 24 hours) and remain there until its expiry date. Messages will be rejected if deemed offensive, repetitive, incomplete, or simply do not match our site’s concept, purpose or style. Japanese and English are the only languages supported. Due to limited resources, support for free messages is not offered. Users are requested to use only one login ID. Failure to do so may lead to suspension of posting privileges.
Fukuoka Now is neither responsible nor liable for the contents of messages posted. Please use common sense when dealing with unknown people via this service. We hope you find this service useful, but remember to be clear and honest with others. If you mislead or provide false information, your account will be deleted. This is a privately-run service offered for free and without any guarantee or promise of support.
Regular (free) Messages
Free messages are intended to be used by individuals. However, associations and businesses can also post regular (free) messages, provided they comply with the terms below.
Paid (commercial) Messages
• Fees vary by category. Rates already include the 5% consumption tax.
• Text length: Maximum 2,000 characters of roman alphabet and/or 1,000 Japanese characters per message. Feel free to mix. Japanese messages may take longer to be approved.
• Photo or graphic: one photo (.jpg or .gif image)
• Duration: Once a message has been screened, accepted, and paid for, the message will be visible on our system for 30 days.
• Position: Paid messages are systematically staggered amongst regular messages. The most recently posted paid message will appear at the top of the message category. As other messages are added, the paid message slides down the list at an increment of two regular messages.
• Message contents: All messages are subject to approval by Fukuoka Now. This is a privately owned and operated system and we reserve the right to reject messages for any reason. Further, due to limited resources we may not be able to handle all inquires. Be sure to read this document carefully before contacting us. This service has been running since 1993 and helping countless numbers of people. It’s not perfect, but it works. Help us keep it going. Understand the mission and limitations and be positive!
Message Categories and Multiple Postings
Each message must be limited to a single topic. For example, a message soliciting students cannot also contain a message for hiring teachers. However, messages may contain multiple items. For example, a message advertising the sale of household goods can, and should, contain a list of all items for sale. Do not post separate messages for small individual items. If we receive too many postings from one user, the latter messages will be rejected.
The following types of messages are NOT free but can be posted for a fee and will be displayed more prominently and remain higher on the list of postings compared to free messages. It’s a great deal!
• sale of vehicles (cars and motorcycles) with engines over 50cc (¥3,150)
• sale or rental of real estate (including room share offers) (¥5,250)
• sale of any single item valued over ¥100,000 (¥3,150)
• offer or promotion of for-profit services* (¥3,150)
• commercial announcements (¥3,150)
• advertise a school (¥5,250)
• look for japanese lan. students (¥5,250)
• offer commercial services (¥3,150)
• offer a room (¥5,250)
• offer a shared room (¥5,250)
• japanese language teacher resume (¥3,150)
* Major Exception: Messages advertising foreign language instruction on a private basis are FREE! Recognizing that a significant percentage of Fukuoka Now readers supplement their income through foreign language teaching, messages promoting paid instruction on a private basis (not affiliated with a language school) can be posted without charge. This exemption does NOT apply to editing, proofreading or interpreting services.
For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions & Answers (FAQ) page.