Information & Strategy Office
|In severe financial conditions, many municipalities are attempting to focus on policies for the efficient and effective financial operation. What is the necessary policy for the social and economic development? Municipalities are also expected to engage in marketing.
‘Information & Strategy Office’ was set up in URC as an advisory team serving for Fukuoka City with a mission to contribute to the economic growth of Fukuoka City.
In daily operation, it collects and analyzes data and information, consults to city bureaus and the general public, builds up policy options and recommends priorities to support Mayor’s decision making.
|Positioning Fukuoka on the global mapUncertain times ahead
– We are now living and working in the era of increasing uncertainty. In the last few decades the world has changed (and is changing today) by four key drivers; 1) internet (from 1.0 to 3.0), 2) explosion of world population, 3)advanced mobility of goods and people, and 4) energy revolution (from fossil to green).
– To survive and thrive in such an era of uncertainty, the following “nine principles” have been advocated by wise leaders including Kiyoshi Kurokawa: 1) Resilience, instead of Strength, 2) Risk, instead of Safety, 3)Systems, instead of Objects, 4) Compasses, instead of Maps, 5) Pull, instead of Push, 6) Practice, instead of Theory, 7)Disobedience, instead of Compliance, 8) Crowds, instead of Experts, 9) Learning, instead of Education
The rise of regional economies
June 20, 2013
Data is the basis for planning.
|Fukuoka Growth 03 Structural Shift in Service Industry (31/07/2013 Version1.0)|
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|As the population growth in Fukuoka city is nationally outstanding, the number of businesses has steadily increased.
Businesses that are targeting on the increasing citizens such as retail and food services are flourishing; however, services that create higher added valuesare also increasing recently.Not only in Fukuoka city, SMEs are supporting the local economy in most cities in Japan.
Besides the SMEs, many large enterprises have branch offices and branch stores in Fukuoka city, which greatly contribute to the city in terms of employment.
Many enterprises recognize the advantage of having offices in Fukuoka city by its function as a regional headquarter in Kyushu as well as an operational base in Asia.
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|Figure1. Trend of number of privately-owned businesses in Fukuoka city
Figure2. Growth index of industries with growing businesses in Fukuoka city
Figure3. Share of number of businesses and employees by business size with employees in Fukuoka city (2009)