is a portal to information about Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Our goal is to make the most comprehensive collection of English information about Fukuoka. is a project of the Fukuoka Center for Overseas Commerce in America (FCOCA).

Fukuoka Center for Overseas Commerce in America (FCOCA) provides free expansion and relocation assistance and partner matching services to companies throughout North America interested in taking advantage of the market opportunities in Western Japan. FCOCA is a division of the Government of Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, and our services are completely FREE.

We can arrange partnerships, help you initiate business transactions, and introduce your products or services to Fukuoka-based companies. We can also assist you with locating the suitable office space, personnel, and professional services needed to expand your business in Western Japan. Financial incentives are also available to qualifying companies.

Meet Our Team

Hiro Kanahori Hiro Kanahori
Executive Director

Hiro became Executive Director of FCOCA in April 2013. Before joining FCOCA, Hiro worked for 8 years in International business promotion and Automobile industry promotion division in Fukuoka Prefectural Government. Prior to 2006, Hiro was in charge of sales and marketing in trading company in Tokyo and worked in India from 2000 through 2003.

Marc Musteric Marc Musteric
Director of Business Development

Marc guides FCOCA’s business development activities and research on US business and technology trends and facilitates marketing efforts by Fukuoka companies in the US. He has worked with the Fukuoka Prefectural Government in various roles since 2002. Marc is also President and Co-Founder of Ovient, a professional communication skills training firm in Silicon Valley.

Mari WatanabeMari Watanabe
Web Editor and Office Administrator

Mari is FCOCA’s Web and office administrator and guides our social media activities. Mari has never been to Fukuoka, but she is now one of the most active Fukuoka evangelists in the world.

Makoto AbeMakoto Abe
Business Advisor

Makoto applies his extensive cross-border business consulting and background in the semiconductor and IT/electronics industries to FCOCA’s research and business development activities. Makoto is General Manager at InfoTech Associates, an IT research firm in Silicon Valley, and a Japan IT/Electronics Advisor for JETRO San Francisco.

Kohei Yamakawa
Networking Coordinator in Los Angeles

Kohei started his career as an announcer and DJ in Los Angeles in 1999. He is president of Team J Station, the only 24-hour Japanese radio broadcasting company outside of Japan. Kohei assists Fukuoka companies exhibiting at trade shows and conventions and leverages his vast network in Southern California to arrange business tours on the West Coast.

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