(English) Nagasaki Joins The Bj Basketball League


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(English) Road To Become Single-Lane Near Canal City


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(English) Kyuden May Scrap Reactor At Genkai


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(English) Nexco To Offer Highway Passes To Foreign Tourists


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(English) Special Zone Details Take Shape


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(English) New Parco Building To Offer More Space To Relax

(English) Tokyo-based department store Parco announced that the new building of its Fukuoka store will open on Nov. 13. Once the new building opens, Parco says it aims to attract 20 million visitors a year—a higher target than its Ikebukuro outlet in Tokyo. To respond to shoppers’ who said there are not enough places to relax in downtown Fukuoka, Parco’s new building in Tenjin will have eight cafes and other “relaxation spaces” . The entire complex will be outfitted with free Wi-Fi, a first for PARCO, and the store will encourage shoppers to download its smartphone app. Source: Nishinippon Shimbun 9/5

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(English) Kyushu Goods Popular in Dalian, China

(English) A new drugstore chain chock-full of products from Kyushu, is proving popular in Dalian, China. The Liaoning Kangxinmei Commercial Chain, a joint venture formed by Yokohama-based drugstore operator Cocokara Fine, Osaka-based trading house Itochu and two Chinese partners, currently operates one drugstore in Dalian, a port city in Liaoning Province known for its affinity to Japan, and has plans to expand to 50 throughout China over the next five years. Products in the shop include Fukuoka’s Marutai ramen and natural spring water from Miyazaki. Most of the store’s patrons are women in their 20s~40s who are willing to spend more money for Japanese products they know are safe. Kangxinmei has also caught the eye of officials in Kitakyushu City’s Dalian Office, who hope to someday get a Kitakyushu Corner installed in one of the shops. Source: Nishinippon Shimbun 8/31

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(English) New Daihatsu Truck Caters to Farm Women

(English) Daihatsu has begun selling the latest model of its Hijet Truck, the first complete overhaul of the popular “kei truck” model in 15 years. Working in cooperation with the agriculture ministry’s Female Farmer Project, Daihatsu lowered the driver’s seat floor 4cm and made other adjustments based on opinions gathered from female farmers. The long-selling Hijet first went on sale in 1960, and since then 3.98 million have been produced. The new model is now offered in eight colors, including orange and light blue, and will be manufactured at Daihatsu’s plant in Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture.Source: Nishinippon Shimbun 9/3

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(English) Yatai Ordinance Turns One, Outlook Murky for Some Operators

(English) One year has passed since Fukuoka City passed the Yatai Ordinance. The City says the new law has helped improve yatai etiquette, but out of 124 yatai, 31 cases of “name lending” have been found. Name lending, or running stalls under other people’s names, was banned under the Yatai Ordinance, but the operators have a three-year grace period until their licenses are revoked. One operator, who purchased the name rights to a stall 20 years ago for ¥14 million, said he used to charge ¥100,000/month rent to let another person use his stall, but since this practice was banned with the Ordinance, he is no longer allowed to charge rent and must stop by the stall every day to prove that he is, in fact, the legal operator, even though he has left the actual cooking and dishwashing to his protege. The 31 offending stalls will lose their licenses in 2017, after which time the City is considering auctioning them off. Some yatai operators are wary of big ramen chains buying up licenses and weakening “yatai tradition”. Source: Nishinippon Shimbun 8/31

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(English) Futaba Pupils Start School in “New” Building

(English) On Sep. 1 classes began for the 600 students of Futaba Elementary School, but in a slightly different location. The school has temporarily moved into the old Daimyo Elementary School Building until the construction of a new school building is complete. Daimyo Elementary School was decommissioned in March because of low enrollment stemming from the loss of student-age population in the city center. In its final year of operation, Daimyo had only about 60 students and the building has not housed more than 600 students since 1967. Local residents have said the Futaba students have made the neighborhood lively again. Source: Nishinippon Shimbun 8/31

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