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Fukuoka in the News

Fukuoka’s generating a lot of great media buzz these days.

Fukuoka has been recognized around the world for being such a great place to live and work. Below are some prime examples of how much attention Fukuoka has gotten recently.

“This is Fukuoka’s seventh startup related MOU, and the second time that the city has reached this kind of agreement with one of its sister cities after a similar arrangement with Bordeaux.”
– Fukuoka Now
“On the issue of startups, the city is keen to be seen to be doing all it can to promote the creation of new businesses, going so far as to introduce the “startup visa,” aimed at encouraging non-Japanese entrepreneurs to establish their businesses in Fukuoka, and recently opening Fukuoka Growth Next, a public-private startup support facility located in the city center.”
– The Japan Times
“Fukuoka is the fastest-growing major city in Japan outside of the capital, which has been steadily draining talent and workers from the rest of the country for decades. This ancient port, hemmed in by mountains and as close to Shanghai as it is to Tokyo, is bucking that trend, drawing entrepreneurs like Watabe from Japan and abroad.”
– Bloomberg
“The establishment of Fukuoka Growth Next aims, in short, to create future unicorns from Fukuoka. To promote “interactions” between startups and to increase public awareness of startups, co-working space, event space, cafe, standing bar and DIY studio will be set up at the facility.”
– The Bridge
“Municipal governments of Japan’s Fukuoka and Taiwan’s Taipei earlier this month signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) on mutual support by Japanese and Taiwanese startups upon expanding their businesses to the respective markets.”
– The Bridge
“Fukuoka is cultivating a budding startup scene. Home to 1.5 million people, the industrious port city welcomed 2,800 new companies last year, cranking out everything from social messaging apps to task-management tools.”
– CNN Tech
“If you want to take on new challenges in Japan, you should look at Fukuoka. We have every intention of becoming a global gateway.”
– Soichiro Takashima, Fukuoka Mayor
“We expect foreign entrepreneurs to develop their business in their style, not in the traditional Japanese way.”
– Masashi Tomita, Fukuoka City Official
“Fukuoka is giving a boost to budding entrepreneurs.”
– CNN
“Fukuoka has long been popular among Japanese tourists for its rich cultural heritage, which dates back 2,000 years...”
– Newsweek
“...this thriving city on the island of Kyushu, is becoming ever-more green, bike friendly, and business savvy”
– Monocle
“...Fukuoka also made the top 10 list, which is created based on quality of life measures including crime rate, public transportation, culture and economy.”
– Wall Street Journal
“The cities of Fukuoka and Bordeaux (France) recently agreed to encourage startup activities in the drone field, including interaction of startups or business mapping...”
– The Bridge
“...Mayor Takashima announced that a startup support base in Fukuoka Startup Café and Taiwan Startup Hub will cooperate and start mutually supporting both the Japanese startups expanding into Taiwan and the Taiwanese startups expanding into Japan.”
– The Bridge