VOL   73
JUN 2016


Connecting Fukuoka to the globe.

MILSTONE NEWS


The U.S. Department of Energy has designated the city of San Francisco as the first Climate Action Champion and is providing over 4.5 million dollars in funding to promote the development of fuel-cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure.» More

Harvard University's Wyss Institute has developed a 3D printer that uses laser annealing of silver nanoparticles to create free-standing metallic architectures.» More


GAME CHANGERS


»Tesla: The bioweapon defense mode of Tesla’s Model X uses a HEPA filtration system to eliminate traces of bacteria while also improving external air quality.

»Google: Google has announced Gboard, an iPhone application that allows the keyboard to be used to perform Google searches while inside other apps. The app makes it easy to copy search results into text messages.

»GeoOrbital: GeoOrbital has developed a motorized front wheel for bicycles. Simply replacing the front wheel on a standard bicycle transforms it into an electric bike.



FUKUOKA HIGHLIGHTS

NEXCO-West Opens Motorway in East Kyushu

On April 24, West Nippon Expressway opened the final 7.2 kilometers of a new motorway from the Shiida-Minami Interchange to the Buzen Interchange. The motorway helps connect Kitakyushu City and Miyazaki City and is expected to stimulate regional development and improve regional disaster resilience.» More

CQVentures Begins Investment Business

Coca-Cola West corporate venture capital company CQVentures has adopted a policy of investing in about 20 companies over seven years in an effort to incorporate advanced technology from outside the Coca-Cola West Group. The company intends to focus on seed-stage and young companies, plans a total investment of 1.3 billion yen, and will target fields such as biotechnology and health care.» More

Fukuoka City to Test Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Truck

Fukuoka City has announced that the first tests in the nation toward development and mass-production of a fuel-cell truck that runs on hydrogen will begin in FY2018. Tokyo R&D will develop the vehicle.» More

Startup Cafe and D.Haus Begin Collaboration

Entrepreneurship support organization Startup Cafe in Fukuoka City and community workspace D.Haus San Francisco have begun a new partnership. Initial activities will include information sharing about their respective locations and companies.» More

Women Work Cafe Kitakyushu Opens

Women Work Cafe Kitakyushu, which assists women in finding work and improving their careers, has opened. The café is a joint effort by the national government, Fukuoka Prefecture, and Kitakyushu City and marks the first time that the three levels of government in Japan have come together to promote women’s employment. » More

Kitakyushu City to Begin Self-Driving Bus Service

Kitakyushu City has concluded an agreement with SoftBank subsidiary SB Drive toward the commercialization of a self-driving bus. The two entities are cooperating with the Kyushu Institute of Technology, which is developing the AI. Road safety tests are to begin within the year.» More

"We all want things to stay the same. Settle for living in misery because we are afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation." - Elizabeth Gilbert

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