Fukuoka serves up world's first seedless sweet persimmons

Oct 23, 2015

Fukuoka serves up world's first seedless sweet persimmons

Consumer sales began recently of the world’s first seedless persimmons, a sweeter variety developed by Fukuoka Prefecture that producers hope will expand their sales channels at home and overseas. The Akiou (King of Autumn) is a nonastringent variety of persimmon with a bright orange ...

Oct 2, 2015

Fukuoka among three finalists to host 2021, '23 swimming worlds

Only three cities, all in Asia, remain in the running to host the 2021 and 2023 World Swimming Championships after two more potential bidders dropped out, FINA, swimming world’s governing body, told Reuters. At least eight countries had expressed some interest in wanting to ...

Jul 29, 2015

Fukuoka ancient monuments touted for UNESCO heritage list

The Council for Cultural Affairs has picked a group of five ancient monuments in Fukuoka Prefecture as a candidate for UNESCO cultural heritage status in 2017. The government will recommend the Munakata-Okinoshima monuments to UNESCO by next Feb. 1 for screening by the World ...

Japan's bridal industry starts accepting LGBT couples

Jun 21, 2015

Japan's bridal industry starts accepting LGBT couples

The bridal industry in Japan has started accepting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples as understanding of sexual minorities increases in society. Hotel Greges in the city of Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, which offers bridal services as part of its operations, has been conducting ...

Feb 17, 2015

Fukuoka petition pushes for 2019 Rugby World Cup games in city

The mayor of Fukuoka on Tuesday submitted a petition signed by about 100,000 people calling for the city to host games during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Acting in his capacity as the vice chairman of Fukuoka’s bid committee, Mayor Soichiro Takashima presented his ...

Man served fresh warrant over murder of Fukuoka fifth-grader

Feb 13, 2015

Man served fresh warrant over murder of Fukuoka fifth-grader

A man suspected of killing a Fukuoka schoolgirl was served a fresh arrest warrant Thursday after initially being held for allegedly abandoning the body of the 10-year-old. Toshiyuki Uchima, a 46-year-old construction worker, has allegedly admitted strangling fifth-grader Miwa Ishibashi and concealing her body ...