The Fukuoka municipal government said Thursday that the southeastern Japan city's population has risen past Kobe to the fifth biggest among the 20 government ordinance-designated major cities.
According to the Fukuoka government's own national census tally as of Oct. 1 last year, the number of residents in the city had increased by 74,767 from the previous nationwide population survey five years ago to 1,538,510.
Young people have been flowing in Fukuoka from many other portions of the Kyushu region, on the back of the city's high ratio of job offers to seekers, municipal government officials said. Fukuoka is located in northern Kyushu.
Now in fifth place, Fukuoka follows Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, and Sapporo in population scale. The 20 ordinance-designated cities exclude Tokyo.
The antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has agreed to stop physical attacks on whaling vessels and their crew permanently, in a settlement with Japanese research whalers, it was announced Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Shizuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a cop-turned-fireman suspected in a series of arson attacks dating back to last year that targeted agricultural properties in Hamamatsu City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
A 14-year-old girl was seriously injured Tuesday after being stabbed by a man on a bicycle while walking on a road in the city of Chiba, east of Tokyo, while a 19-year-old female university student was stabbed elsewhere, police said. (Japan Today)
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday stressed the importance of taking measures against cyberattacks to promote fintech, or innovative financial services using information technology. (Jiji Press)