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The city of Kitakyushu has moved ahead of other municipalities in transferring Japan’s industrial knowledge and technology — including measures to combat pollution — to developing countries.

The city, which succeeded in reducing serious industrial pollution in the 1960s and is now known as a center for environmental businesses, set up the Kitakyushu International Techno-Cooperative Association (KITA) in 1980 to spread technology in cooperation with local businesses.

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