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The Yokatopia Foundation and the Fukuoka International Association merged on 1 April 2014.
The Asian-Pacific Exposition - Fukuoka ’89 (also known as “Yokatopia”) was held over the 171 days between March 17 and September 3, 1989, with the theme “seeking encounters with a new world.”
Based on the idea “Kyushu is one,” this exposition was held to recognize the historical role Kyushu and Fukuoka have played as a crossroads of civilization, and with the aim of internationalizing and vitalizing Kyushu and Fukuoka as they headed towards the 21st century. There was participation from 37 countries and regions outside of Japan and 2 international organizations, together with 1,056 Japanese businesses and organizations, while the 8,230,000 visitors included people from 79 overseas countries and regions.
The exposition provided an opportunity that enabled Kyushu and Fukuoka to deepen exchanges with other countries, principally those in the Asia-Pacific region.
Fukuoka City International Foundation
Chairman Seiji ISOYAMA
I have recently been appointed to the position of Chairman of the Fukuoka City International Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In order to make Fukuoka easier for foreigners to live in, various information services, professional consultations for foreigners, as well as programs to help familiarize people with Japanese etiquette and rules, and knowledge for disaster prevention, etc. We also provide student loans, 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.
We issue scholarships and host salons between foreign students and businesses, and we run youth exchange programs to develop global human capital to flourish in an increasingly international society.
|Former Fukuoka International Association||Former Yokatopia Foundation|
|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.|
|11 June 1990||Established as the “Yokatopia Foundation” with the contributions from the Asian-Pacific Exposition.|
|1 June 1991||Administration Department relocated to Fukuoka City Hall North 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.