Kitakyushu is one of two designated cities in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, together with Fukuoka, with a population of just under 1 million people.
Located close to other Asian countries, Kitakyushu has thrived as a gateway to Asia due to its convenient location between Tokyo and Shanghai and as an industrial base in Japan.
The city is involved in diverse activities based on the concept of Kitakyushu as a world capital of sustainable development and a technological capital of Asia. This is being carried out under the “Energetic Kitakyushu” plan, with a base concept to build an environmental and technological city that fosters people and culture to unite with the world.
Major industries include steel, chemical, machinery, ceramics, and information. Nippon Steel Corporation is a major employer