(English) Cosmos Commands Top Spot in Retail Sales Rankings

(English) On Oct. 21, the Fukuoka branch of Tokyo Shoko Research released its rankings of retail companies by sales in the Kyushu-Okinawa region for FY 2013. Fukuoka-based drug store chain Cosmos Pharmaceutical Corp. took the top spot with ¥329 billion in sales, beating out discount retailer Trial Company, which had held the top spot for the past two years.

Read More 10月. 23, 2014, 12:58

(English) Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – Won!

(English) Once again our hometown heroes, the mighty Hawks, defeated the Ham in the sixth and decisive game of the Climax series at YAHUOKU! Dome. This means they advance to play against the Hanshin Tigers in the Nippon Series. The first game will be played on Oct. 25. Cheer on the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks!

Read More 10月. 20, 2014, 21:55

(English) Foreign Residents And Visitors – Business Chance For Fukuoka?

(English) This Saturday TVQ airs a special 30-minute report on the growing business potential for shops and companies willing to cater to foreign residents and visitors from overseas. Fukuoka Now’s Nick Szasz joins Koji Nakajima and Kazue Harada in the studio to share ideas on the topic. Program name: “Good Job”. On air: Saturday, Oct. 18 from14:30~ (TVQ7ch)

Read More 10月. 17, 2014, 12:04

(English) Fukuya to Open Seafood Restaurant Next Month

(English) Spicy mentaiko maker Fukuya announced plans to foray into the restaurant business. The company will refurbish its shop in Kotabe (Sawara-ku) into a restaurant/mentaiko store in an effort to expand its revenue sources. The restaurant, which has been dubbed Umitabe no Susume, will open on Nov. 21 and will offer seafood set meals and seafood-topped champion. After the mentai infused ochazuke it began selling at its Dazaifu shop in 2012 proved popular, Fukuya decided to open a full-fledged restaurant. “We hope bringing customers in on a daily basis, not just during the holiday gift-giving season, will allows us to sell more mentaiko,” remarked a company spokesperson.

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(English) Butterfly from Kyoto Spotted in Dazaifu


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(English) Only Half The Average Pollen Rate for Kyushu’s Next Spring

(English) Japan Weather Association predicts that the airborne pollen level (Japanese cedar, hinoki cypress) of August 2015 in Kyushu will only be 50% of the average value (2005~2014). This is thanks to the influence of the cool summer with many rainy days we had. Also, summer had very few daylight hours, which prevented the flower buds’ growth.

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(English) Typhoon Vongfong Approaching Kyushu

(English) Super typhoon Vongfong (19-go in Japan) is slowly heading north from the Philippines’ east ocean. It will gradually lose power but it will likely pose a threat to Okinawa on Saturday and Sunday. Okinawa moved to Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 3 on Thursday afternoon (which means destructive winds are possible within 48 hours). The typhoon will reach Kyushu on Monday-Monday night and will possibly be a Category 1 (meaning dangerous winds could cause damage). Residents are advised to keep informed about the storm. Bookmark this site for information in English: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/

Read More 10月. 10, 2014, 18:30

(English) Trio of Nobel Prize Winners Includes First-Ever Kyushuan


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(English) Victorious Hawks Have Big Impact on Local Economy


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(English) Auckland Agrees to Rebuild Garden Next to City Zoo

(English) The City of Auckland New Zealand has agreed to rebuild a Japanese style garden it tore down in Auckland earlier this year. The garden, complete with a pond and a stone bridge, was originally built in 1989 inside a park next to the City Zoo, but it was removed this January following a November 2013 call from the City of Auckland in which they said they planned to move the park.

Read More 10月. 6, 2014, 18:36
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