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October 2016

Kyushu Calling

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PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
- 71st Session of the UN General Assembly

COVER STORY
Kyushu Calling

FEATURES

Recovery in Kumamoto

On April 14 and 16 2016 two major earthquakes caused many fatalities, injuries and widespread damage in the Kyushu island prefectures of Kumamoto and Oita. We asked Kumamoto Governor Ikuo Kabashima about the situation in his prefecture today.

Fun and Games in Fukuoka

The city of Fukuoka, where many game companies are based, aspires to become a Mecca for the global game industry.

Eastern Kyushu Medical Valley

Government, academia and industry have come together in eastern Kyushu to establish a "Medical Valley" that will improve medical care - particularly in the field of blood medicine - far behind the island's shores.

Onsen Heaven

In this article, we introduce one onsen from each of the seven prefectures of Kyushu.

Destination Trains

On JR Kyushu's Design & Story trains, getting there is half the fun.

Up, Up and Away

The rise of the Saga International Balloon Fiesta

Food, Glorious Kyushu

In this article, we highlight one famous dish from each of the island's seven prefectures.

Kokuto Shochu: Treasure of the Islands

Kyushu is known as the birthplace and heartland of the national drink known as shochu, (distilled liquor). Kyushu's remote Amami islands meanwhile are known as the production center of a rare and special variety of the drink, kokuto shochu.

SERIES

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
New Magnesium Alloy To Take Off

A flame-resistant magnesium alloy developed by Professor Yoshihito Kawamura at Kumamoto University is attracting attention around the world, not least in the aircraft industry.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
A New Way of Tea

Green tea connoisseurs Holly Helt and Alex Sanson are introducing a fresh take on the brew to the tea drinkers of Japan through their popular Chiki Tea cafe and online store.

INNOVATIVE ARTISTS
A Button Reborn

Kagoshima's traditional craft object the Satsuma button has been given a new lease of life by designer Shiho Murota.

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS
The Old Bamboo

The spa resort of Beppu in Oita Prefecture is home to one of Japan's last remaining bamboo weaving communities.

JAPAN HERITAGE
Thank the Lords

The cultural legacy of the Sagara clan lives on in Hitoyoshi Kuma, Kumamoto Prefecture.