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We'd like to transform the city into a place where young people are encouraged to take on new challenges, where young people gather, and where young people want to live.

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Kitakyushu Mayor Kazuhisa Takeuchi. The government of this southwest city, which is battling a declining and aging population, will establish a "Generation Z division" in April to encourage young people to settle there.

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How do we know it just now another PR attempt? Many local govt do that, there's nothing change only the PR is being changed.

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The Gen Z division? Once again Millennials are left in the dark

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Good luck. I'd live there myself if it worked, even though I am not so young. Vitality is good. I get tired of living surrounded only by the elderly. It's a bit dispiriting.

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Better head on to Fukuoka.

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We'd like to transform the city into a place where young people are encouraged to take on new challenges, where young people gather, and where young people want to live.

Let's just say it is the exact opposite of what the mayor of Shibuya wants to transform Shibuya into.

A shame for Shibuya but I hope it works out for Kitakyushu Mayor Kazuhisa Takeuchi.

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Kitakyushu isn't a bad city and it's near places like Mojiko and Shimonoseki which are nice coastal locations, also gives access to Yamaguchi for weekends of hiking and exploring. The Kyushu lifestyle is way better than in many other places - the benefits of fairly big cities without the crowding problem of Tokyo for one.

Transportation in Kita Kyushu is just as good as the best anywhere else. But all the buzzwords from local representatives mean zero and saying they're going to create a 'Generation Z Division' is the same old dumb almost military speak of some of these out of touch local authorities. Sounds like a barracks.

The trouble with Japanese planning for the demographic freefall is it's designed to sound good - tho here it sounds like some pointless waffle which it is - without any really constructive back-up. There are better ways to get the younger demographic living somewhere.

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As long as Tokyo continues to attract and be headquarters to almost all the major companies, continues to be have most of the top universities, target of most major investments and a Tokyo-centric national government, the other major and minor cities in Japan don't stand a chance.

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At least they want to do something, but I can totally see half of the division being people close to retirement age suggesting to fax information to young people...

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Success may depend on which mascot is chosen.

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When I visited, Kitakyushu had the best sandwich shops I've ever been to. Period, not just in Japan. That was quite a long time ago, though.

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