(English) Parco Fukuoka To Expand Again

(English) In an interview with Nishinippon Shimbun, Kozo Makiyama, the president of Tokyo-based Parco mentioned plans to add “around a dozen new shops” in main building of Parco Fukuoka by next spring. A final decision on the new tenants, who will join the roughly 150 current ones, will be made after the company sees how “customers respond to the New Building [which opened in November].” The addition of the new space, which will actually be located on the 4th floor of Solaria Stage just to the south of the Main Building, will bring Parco’s total sales floor area up to 20,000 m2, making it the largest fashion retailer in Tenjin. President Makiyama also alluded to the possibility of

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(English) Fukuoka Ramps Up Rugby World Cup Bid Efforts

(English) On Dec. 22 the Fukuoka Rugby World Cup 2019 Promotion Committee, a body composed of representatives from industry, academia and local government, held its inaugural meeting. The Committee will begin collecting signatures in an effort to ensure that Fukuoka’s Level Five Stadium is selected as one of the World Cup venues. Norio Sueyoshi, the chairman of Coca-Cola West and president of the Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce, was selected to chair the new committee.The national organizing committee for the 2019 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to select 10 to 12

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(English) Yafuoku Dome To Get Fence Facelift


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(English) JR Kyushu To Foray Into Retail Veggie Biz


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(English) New Sasaguri Law Urges Flag Flying


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(English) Fraud Targeting Elderly, Women Higher Than Last Year In Kyushu

(English) According to figures compiled by Nishinippon Shimbun, the total amount of money lost in so-called ‘special fraud’ in Kyushu between January and October reached ¥2.93 billion, almost the same amount lost over the entire year last year. Looking at the seven prefectures, Fukuoka suffered the most losses (¥965 million) followed by Oita (¥534 million) and Nagasaki (¥462 million). Most fraud schemes target the elderly, and there was even one case where one person was bilked of ¥100 million. In Kagoshima, a full 82% of victims were elderly. A large percentage of victims are female (e.g., 60% in Oita and 74% in Saga). ‘Special fraud’ is the National Police Agency’s blanket term for several types of fraud, including ore-ore sagi (‘it’s me, it’s me’ fraud) and furikome sagi (‘wire me money’ fraud). In Fukuoka, the number of cases in which fraudsters demand cash to be sent by mail or courier service is on the rise. Source: Nishinippon Shimbun 12/19

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(English) Kyuden To Restart Buybacks, But Scale Will Be Limited

(English) Kyushu Electric Company will start accepting new renewable energy buyback contracts again. The contracts, which had been suspended, will be resumed under a new set of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Kyuden is expected to release application details on Dec. 22. Kyuden’s buyback quota for the whole of Kyushu has been set at 8.17 million kW, but since it is already under contract to buy back 8.15 million kW, it will only be accepting about 20,000 kW of buybacks under the new scheme. With a wealth of cheap land and ample sunlight, Kyushu is ideal for installing solar panels, but the limited buyback scheme is bound to slow development. Objections are sure to be raised by operators anticipating losses from land they’ve already acquired or capital investments they’ve already made. Source: Nishinippon Shimbun 12/19

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(English) Canal City Now Accepting Korea’s Biggest Credit Card

(English) According to a press release on its website, Fukuoka Jisho, the operator of Canal City Hakata, has begun accepting credit cards issued by Shinhan Card, Korea’s biggest credit card company. Shinhan Card is number one in Korea in both membership and transaction volume, and nearly 40% of its cards are proprietary cards that are not affiliated with Visa, Mastercard or other big-name credit card brands. Tokyo-based NTT Data and Fukuoka’s own Kyushu Card Co. have teamed up to create a network of member stores that will accept Shinhan Cards. This new network is slated to go into effect in January, with about 90 stores at Canal City taking part in the trial run. Since Koreans use credit cards for 65% of all purchases, spending by tourists is expected to increase if they can use their Shinhan Cards, which have better exchange rates, in Japan. The cards are scheduled to be accepted at Marinoa City Fukuoka, Riverwalk Kitakyushu and Konoha Mall Hashimoto starting on Feb. 2.

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(English) Popularity Of Pachinko Wanes, Especially In Kyushu

(English) According to a recent white paper issued by the Japan Productivity Center, the number of regular pachinko players has fallen to 9.7 million, or one-third of its customer base in 1995 during the industry’s heyday. The National Police Agency reports that the number of pachinko parlors in Japan has fallen by 34.8% over the same time period.

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(English) Voter Turnout In Kyushu/Okinawa Hits Record Low

(English) Total average voter turnout for the eight prefectures of Kyushu and Okinawa in Sunday’s lower house election clocked in at 50.92%, a 7.19% drop from the last lower house election in 2012 and the lowest figure on record since single-seat electoral districts were adopted in 1996.

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