Fukuoka City International Foundation

Foreword

Our Foundation commemorates the success of the Asian-Pacific Exposition – Fukuoka ’89, while simultaneously promoting international exchange in Fukuoka, making the most of our city’s history, culture and other attributes. We have a variety of programs through which we strive towards the realization of a multicultural society – one in which we can deepen mutual understanding on an international level. We are committed to achieving this goal, and we kindly ask for your continued support.

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Fukuoka City International Foundation

Chairman  FUJINAGA Kenichi

Foundation’s Goal

We hope that through the promotion of international exchange making the most of Fukuoka’s history, culture and other attributes, we can contribute towards the realization of a multicultural society in which we can deepen mutual understanding internationally while recognizing the diversity amongst each of Fukuoka’s citizens, while simultaneously commemorating the success of the Asian-Pacific Exposition – Fukuoka ’89. As such, our goal is to contribute to regional development and international peace.

Organization

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Overview

1 Programs to Commemorate the Asian-Pacific Exposition – Fukuoka ‘89

As part of our program to commemorate the Asian-Pacific Exposition, we co-host the Fukuoka Prize and provide grants for the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention NPO.

2 Programs to Promote International Exchange among Citizens

To raise the level of awareness of international understanding and cooperation for citizens and to promote international exchange, we promote volunteer exchange activities, international understanding through foreign language learning, and the promotion of international exchange organization networks.

3 Programs to Support Foreign Residents and Foreign Students

In order to make Fukuoka easier for foreigners to live in, various information services, professional consultations for foreigners. We also support the Foreign Students’ Support Program and manage the Fukuoka City International Center to help international students in the Fukuoka metropolitan area focus on their studies more comfortably.

4 Programs to Develop Global Human Capital

We issue scholarships and host salons between foreign students and businesses to develop global human capital to flourish in an increasingly international society.

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History

Former Fukuoka International Association

2 July 1984

“The Fukuoka City International Exchange Center,” the predecessor of the FIA, is inaugurated inside the Fukuoka International Exchange Department with its head office in Fukuoka SunPalace(Chikko, Hakata-ku) called “Rainbow Plaza.”

20 March 1987

Through the collaboration of private organizations, businesses and universities, the “Fukuoka International Association” is established upon the approval of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

12 April 1989

The FIA’s head office relocated to IMS Building (Tenjin, Chuo-ku) from Fukuoka SunPalace.

23 January 1990

Recognized as the Local International Exchange Association by the Minster of Home Affairs.

1 June 1991

Administration Department relocated to Fukuoka City HallNorth Annex, leaving its inquiry/counter service of Rainbow Plaza.

1 August 1994

Recognized as a Tokutei Koeki Zoshin Hojin (Specific Public Interest Promotion Organization) by the Minister of Finance.

27 August 2012

FIA received authorization from the Prefectural Government to become a public interest incorporated association (Koeki Zaidan Hojin).

3 September 2012

FIA became a public interest incorporated association.

Former Yokatopia Foundation

11 June 1990

Established as the “Yokatopia Foundation” with the contributions  from the Asian-Pacific Exposition.

11 June 2011

Received authorization from the Prefectural Government to become a public interest incorporated association (Koeki Zaidan Hojin).

 21 August 2011

Became a public interest incorporated association.

Fukuoka City International Foundation

1 April 2014

Name changed upon merging with Fukuoka International Association.Begin operations as three departments: Exchange Department (General Affairs),Exchange Department and Rainbow Plaza.

1 October 2016

The Fukuoka City International Foundation (previously on the 5th floor of the Fukuoka City Hall North Annex), along with Rainbow Plaza (previously on the 8th floor of the IMS Building), moved to the Fukuoka City International Center (located in Tenyamachi, Hakata Ward) .

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