8th Worldwide Fukuoka Kenjinkai Convention Our roots are in Fukuoka, Our dreams are worldwide - Creating a shared future through our bonds with Fukuoka

Convention Outline

 This was the 8th time the Worldwide Convention was held, returning to the home prefecture for the first time in 12 years. In addition to Kenjinkai made up of emigrants and their descendants, this Convention also reached out to those consisting of staff of various businesses residing overseas, and was attended by members of 26 Kenjinkai from 16 foreign countries/regions. Beginning with the 'Commemorative Ceremony', the Convention included various events such as the 'Hometown Visit' - an opportunity for participants to visit the areas of their roots - a showcase of foreign cultures at the 'Overseas Kenjinkai Fair', as well as youth and business seminars. On the final day of the Convention, the 'Fukuoka Declaration' was announced, bringing together opinions exchanged at the Representatives Meeting

Event Schedule

Wednesday, October 9 – Saturday, October 12, 2013

Number of Participants

Approximately 600
( Members of 26 Kenjinkai from 16 foreign countries/regions: Approx. 300, Within Japan: Approx. 300 )

Cooperation

Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka City, Omuta City, Kurume City, Nogata City, Iizuka City, Tagawa City, Yanagawa City, Yame City, Chikugo City, Okawa City, Yukuhashi city, Ogori City, Onojo City, Munakata City, Dazaifu City, Ukiha City, Miyawaka City, Kama City, Asakura City, Miyama City, Itoshima City, Umi Town, Sasaguri Town, Shime Town, Sue Town, Hisayama Town, Kasuya Town, Kotake Town, Kurate Town, Keisen Town, Chikuzen Town, Tachiarai Town, Oki Town, Kawara Town, Kawasaki Town, Oto Town, Aka Village, Fukuchi Town, Miyako Town, Koge Town, Organization for Promotion Academic City by Kyushu University, Ichiyutei , Kurobo Foods Co., Chidoriya Factory Co., Toundo, Nikakudo Co., Hatchando Co., Marutai Co., Meigetsudo Co., Yamaguchi Aburaya Fukutaro Co., Kurume Chanpon Syndicate, Chikugo Udon Promotion Council (in no particular order)

Support

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Association of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad, Japan Foundation, Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA), Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO), Embassy of the Argentine Republic, Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Embassy of Canada, Embassy of the Republic of Colombia in Japan, Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo, Embassy of the United Mexican States, Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay, Embassy of the Republic of Peru, Royal Thai Embassy Tokyo, Consulate of the United States Fukuoka, Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Fukuoka, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Fukuoka, Consulate-General of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefectural Board of Education, Fukuoka Association of Chairpersons of City Councils, Fukuoka Association of Chairman of Town and Village Assemblies, Asahi Shimbun Company, Sankei Shimbun, Nishinippon Shimbun, Nihon Keizai Shimbun West Japan Branch, Mainichi Newspapers, Yomiuri Shimbun West Japan Head Office, RKB Mainichi Broadcasting, NHK Fukuoka Broadcasting Office, Fukuoka Broadcasting System, Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, Television Nishinippon (in no particular order)