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2023.11.20[Mon] 09:00

DJ's Recommend(DJのオススメ)

Christmas Advent 2023

【Christmas Advent】

The whole city of Tenjin and Hakata is sparkling with Christmas lights and festively decorated Christmas trees at shopping centers around town. Have you been to Christmas Advent yet, a Christmas event in Fukuoka, the city of lights?
What is it? Some of you may wonder what it is, but it's actually the annual "Christmas Market" event. It has has been renamed "Christmas Advent" and scaled up for its 11th year!

You probably noticed illuminations and Christmas markets getting set up from around November 6 at various venues.  And you'll see even more as the streets of Hakata, Tenjin, and Nakasu  continue to be decorated every day until Christmas. Visitors can enjoy glittering illuminations, Christmas trees, many Santa Clauses, and stage events such as live music performances.

This year, three new venues have been added and more than 100 stores will be open, selling delicious gourmet foods, authentic and cute Christmas goods, and classic hot wine and hot chocolate.

The original event mugs are so popular that they change in design every year and people have really gotten into collecting them. This year, six different mugs are available for each venue. There's even a rainy day-only mug to collect as well.

The "Christmas Advent" has been newly reborn this year, with a townscape that looks like something out of a picture book, and is sure to put you in a joyful mood! Well, I hope you will have a memorable holiday time, this year!

 

https://christmas-advent.jp/

 

 

 

DJ's Holiday Season

Well, the Christmas Advent sounds like it will be pretty fun to go to this year. I've gone to the the Christmas Market every year it's been held so far, so I'll be sure to go this year as well. I'll probably also keep an eye out for other events in town as I have some time off during the month of December. I want to visit a couple of onsen, as the cold weather is perfect for long soaks in a hot spring, and I want to see a couple of movies in the theaters, like the Spy Family movie which is coming out next month.

For me though, Christmas is a pretty special time. When I was in the US, the whole family, my aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins and sometimes friends all got together for present exchanges and a big potluck party. There was always so much conversation and laughter and a big poker game at the end of the night. Now that I'm in Japan, it's harder to meet family, but I have friends here who are like my family and I usually hold a Christmas party at home with them. We exchange presents, have a potluck lunch or dinner and usually end up playing board games.

That's my plan again this year, so I have to figure out what presents to get people and also plan out my menu! In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I like to check out the Shintencho, the Chikagai and a few other stores in Tenjin for ideas for Christmas presents. We also get the house ready for Christmas with decorations and we put up a tree in the living room and put ornaments and lights on it in preparation for presents from Santa! As for food, well on Christmas, I like to have ham, and Costco is handy for that and for lots of other foods as well! I'm looking forward to Christmas this year!

What do you like to do for fun over the holidays?

2023.11.13[Mon] 09:00

Other Topics(その他)

【November Grand Sumo Tournament】

Have you recently spotted any sumo wrestlers in traditional chonmage topknot hairstyles while strolling around town? If you have, it's because the 'November Grand Sumo Tournament,' a traditional Japanese sumo event, is taking place. While there are six Grand Sumo Tournaments held annually, the one in November is known as the Kyushu Basho, and Fukuoka serves as the host city.

This year, it's being held at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center , or Fukuoka International Center, from November 12th to the 26th. During this period, colorful banners and flags line the area around the venue, and sumo fans from all over Kyushu gather in Fukuoka, creating a lively atmosphere every day. Additionally, during this time, sumo stables are set up around Fukuoka city and its suburbs, where you can visit and interact with sumo wrestlers.

While you can watch sumo on television, there's a unique intensity to witnessing sumo bouts live! In the venue, you'll not only witness the sumo matches but also get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes activities of the people who support sumo. It's a fascinating and entertaining opportunity to see these backstage efforts.

Why not take advantage of these two weeks and watch sumo in Fukuoka during this special event?

 

 

Fukuoka City Information

The Fukuoka City Consultation Support Center for Foreign Residents has made some changes!

This time I have some information from the Fukuoka City International Foundation about some changes that have been made to the The Fukuoka City Consultation Support Center for Foreign Residents. The support center, which is operated by the Fukuoka City International Foundation has been renovated to make it even more accessible for consultations. This includes the addition of consultation counters and increased privacy in the consultation space.

The Consultation Support Center aims to address the questions and concerns of foreign residents. They provide consultations on various aspects of daily life, such as residence procedures, employment, healthcare, welfare, childbirth, childcare, and children's education, offering face-to-face, telephone, and email consultations. They also provide information and guidance to relevant agencies.

General consultations are available from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekdays, from Monday to Friday. Interpretation services are available in 22 languages, including English. Telephone interpretation services and tablet device translation functions are also used when necessary.

For more details, please visit their website. For inquiries, please contact them by phone at  0120-66-1799. 

 

Consultations for Immigration, Residency, and Nationality Matters

To continue, is there anything you don't understand about residency status and term of stay regulations? If there is, the Fukuoka City International Foundation provides free consultation on these matters to the international residents of Fukuoka City.

Consultations are held every second Sunday of the month. They are offered from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, but you must register by 3:30 PM.  A gyousei-shoshi, or administrative lawyer will answer your questions and offer consultation.

There are English and Chinese interpreters present, and so, consultation in English, Chinese and Japanese does not require a reservation. For other languages, please consult with the center at least one week in advance.

Your confidentiality is guaranteed, so please feel at ease to use these services.

For more information, please call  0120-66-1799.  Phone calls will be accepted between 9am and 6pm on weekdays.

Again, that was information from the Fukuoka City International Foundation.

 

https://www.fcif.or.jp/

2023.11.06[Mon] 09:00

Other Topics(その他)

Fukuoka Marathon 2023

This Sunday, November 12th, the 'Fukuoka Marathon 2023' will take place. It is a marathon that citizens can participate in, covering a distance of 42.195km between Fukuoka City and Itoshima City, with 12,000 participants expected to run over 7 hours. Starting right in the heart of Fukuoka's city center, Tenjin, runners will head towards the goal in Itoshima, enjoying beautiful seaside and mountain scenery along the way. The course offers a pleasant run transitioning from the urban to natural landscapes.

This event is filled with the unique charm of Fukuoka as participants will be treated to local Fukuoka delicacies, famous sweets, and dishes made from regional ingredients. The medals for the winners will feature traditional Fukuoka crafts, such as Hakataori ribbons.

In addition to the 42.195km marathon, there will also be a 5.2km wheelchair race and a fan run. Professional athletes and Olympic competitors will join as guest runners. The Fukuoka Marathon is a major event that attracts many people to come and support the runners along the course.

Please note that there will be road closures and restrictions on pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the roads around the course on the event day.

So, Let's all send warm cheers on November 12th and support the runners as they strive for the finish line together!

 

https://www.f-marathon.jp/about/charm_1.php

 

 

Fukuoka City Information

Autumn's National Fire Prevention Campaign Week

Now I have some information from Fukuoka City. This year, November 9th to 15th is the Autumn National Fire Prevention Campaign week. As we move from Autumn to Winter, the air becomes drier and incidents involving fires increase. In Fukuoka City last year, there were 266 incidents! The main causes of incidents involving fires include cigarettes, gas burners and home heaters.

You've got to be extra careful with those little gas stoves.  When it gets cold, and you want to make a nabe or hot pot at the table, the gas stove often comes out. And when you do use it, make sure you never leave the stove unattended while it is on.

Also, be careful of starting fires with cigarettes. They are a known fire hazard and this should go without saying but do not smoke while in bed and don't let your cigarette butts just pile up. Make sure you put your cigarette out completely with water when you are done smoking.

Some other examples of fire incidents that might occur are when clothes hanging to dry or curtains are near a heater catch fire, or when your futon or blanket is too close to the  heater and, while you are sleeping, catches fire. It's really dangerous to put things that might be flammable near a heater. Also, don't forget to double check that you've switched off the heater when it's not in use.

Also, make sure to regularly check that the smoke alarm in your house is working and that your fire extinguisher is up to date. It's important to practice fire safety every day.

This message was brought to you by Fukuoka City.

2023.10.30[Mon] 09:00

Rules & Manners(ルール・マナー) , Other Topics(その他)

【Momiji-gari, Autumn Leaves Viewing】

The temperature is dropping, and the weather is feeling a bit
more autumn-like. The trees are turning vivid shades of red, orange, green, and yellow, and in Japan, just
as people enjoy cherry blossom viewing in the spring, there's a cultural tradition of appreciating the
colorful foliage in the autumn.
It's called "紅葉狩り" (Momijigari), and it involves activities such as walking, hiking, taking a drive, or
traveling to hot springs in order to see the autumn foliage. People also take photos of the colorful leaves,
paint them, or enjoy meals or a soak in the hot spring while surrounded by the vibrant scenery. There are
so many ways to appreciate this natural beauty, you just need to find the one that suits you.
In the next topic, the information from Fukuoka City, I'll introduce some recommended spots within
Fukuoka city for enjoying Momijigari!

 

 

【Fukuoka City Information】

Japanese Gardens and Autumn Foliage
First, one great spot to see Autumn colors is at a Japanese garden and fortunately, Fukuoka City boasts
several Japanese gardens. Here in the city, we have:
1. Yusentei Park
2. Shofuen Garden
3. Rakusuien Garden
4. Ohori Park Japanese Garden
These Japanese gardens are conveniently located within the city, which means they're easy to get to for a
visit. And they're a great place for even a short visit because Japanese gardens provide the opportunity to
appreciate seasonal beauty within a limited space.
They often offer matcha tea for a small fee, allowing you to relax while enjoying the garden's view. You
can take leisurely strolls around the ponds and savor the tranquil, crisp air.
This season is a recommended time to visit these gardens, as you can also enjoy the beautiful autumn
foliage. But, if a Japanese garden isn't your cup of tea, Fukuoka City has many other popular spots for
viewing autumn leaves, such as the Fukuoka City Museum area, Aburayama Citizen's Forest, and
Momijihachimangu Shrine. From November to December, these places reach their peak for autumn
foliage. So, get out and enjoy these places this autumn.

 

Bicycle Parking Manners
One more topic to share and for those of you who commute by bicycle, this is important information for
you. There are a lot of us who get around the city by bicycle and it's important to make sure that we are
parking in designated bicycle parking areas.

Bicycles parked in areas other than bicycle parking lots, like on the street or in public parks are
considered an obstruction to pedestrians or even a nuisance, and are therefore subject to removal under
the assumption that they are abandoned bicycles.
Fukuoka City charges a fee of 2,500 yen to return a bicycle that has been removed, and if the bicycles are
not picked up within a certain period of time, they will be discarded.
There are bicycle parking lots near shopping centers and stations that offer free parking for set periods of
time, so even though it might seem like a hassle, make use of them because it's a lot better than paying
money to get your bicycle back from bike jail!

2023.10.23[Mon] 09:00

Other Topics(その他)

【Student Recruitment for the Public Nighttime Junior High School-Informational Session on November 5】

Have you heard of "Fukuoka Kibou Junior High School," the only public night time junior high school in Kyushu, here in Fukuoka City? It's located on the 4th floor of the "Fukuoka City Education Center" in Momochi in Sawara Ward of Fukuoka City. Since it's a public junior high school operated by Fukuoka City, there are no tuition fees, and textbooks are provided for free. 

The school opened in April of last year, and it currently has students ranging in age from their teens to their eighties, with diverse nationalities. Regardless of nationality, anyone can enroll, so there are students whose mother tongue is not Japanese. They study all nine subjects just like daytime junior high schools while also learning Japanese. 

Classes are held from 5:50 PM to 9:20 PM, Monday through Friday, with each class lasting 40 minutes. There are four classes per day. Upon completing the required curriculum, students can obtain a junior high school graduation certificate. 

The admission criteria include being a registered resident of Fukuoka City and being born on or before April 1, 2009. This school is open to individuals who, for various reasons, did not graduate from junior high school or were unable to receive sufficient junior high school education. Foreign nationals are also welcome. While you can't study only Japanese, if you have concerns about the language, specialized Japanese instructors provide instruction during Japanese language classes, among others. 

 The "Fukuoka Kibou Junior High School" will hold a school information session on Sunday, November 5th, starting at 2 PM. If you're interested, please consider attending the information session. Pre-registration is required, and you can apply by phone or online. The phone number is 092-400-0751. They accept calls from 2 PM to 9:30 PM on weekdays. For online registration, you can search for "Fukuoka Kibou Junior High School Student Recruitment." 

In addition, flyers and recruitment information are available on the school's website and at various ward offices. They also offer consultation and trial admissions, so feel free to inquire if you have any questions! 

If you type fukuoka kibou admissions into a search engine, the website should come up, it'll be in Japanese, but there is translation available on that website for multiple languages, so it should be easy to check out.

 

https://sites.google.com/fuku-c.ed.jp/fukuokakibou/

2023.10.16[Mon] 09:00

Events & Entertainment(イベント・娯楽)

【Festa Do Brasil Fukuoka 2023】

Today, I've got some information for you on the "Festa do Brasil Fukuoka 2023," the largest
Brazilian festival in Kyushu. This festival will be held next Sunday, the 29th at at Bayside Place
Hakata! This event started with the residents of the city who love Brazil. They wanted to create
an opportunity to gather and share the charms of Brazil with the people of Fukuoka, as well as
introduce the businesses and artists thriving in Fukuoka.
This outdoor festival offers a chance to experience Brazil through stage shows, interactive
parades, delicious food, music, dance, and more. It will take place on Sunday, October 29th,
starting at 11 AM and go until 6 PM. The admission fee is only 1500 yen and it'll be a wonderful
chance to enjoy the passionate and joyful Brazilian culture through singing, dancing, and
savoring delicious food at this event in Fukuoka.
There is a website for the event, just look up festa do brasil in your favorite search engine. The website, facebook page and instagram page should all come up.

 

https://festadobrasil.wixsite.com/festadobrasilfukuoka

 

 

【Fukuoka City Information】

The Creators 2023
This year, the "The Creators 2023" event will be on again. This event is where you can
experience creative entertainment, over two days on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday,
October 22nd. The event will take place at various locations, including the Fureai Plaza on the
west side of Fukuoka City Hall, Fukuoka City Science Museum, and Fukuoka City Art Museum.
Some of the content will also be available for online streaming to ensure that those who cannot
attend in person can still enjoy the event.
At the main venue, the Fureai Hiroba on the west side of Fukuoka City Hall, there will be a
music stage with impressive lighting and screens, screenings of audiovisual works, a fashion
show featuring local models, and interactive booths hosted by creative companies.
In addition, the Fukuoka City Science Museum will feature a digital art exhibition where you can
play with sound and visuals, as well as programming and workshop activities for children. The
Fukuoka City Art Museum will host a variety of film screenings and art-related workshops.
This two-day event offers a wide range of content, allowing you to experience the cutting-edge
entertainment and culture in the creative city of Fukuoka. The creators are looking forward to
welcoming you to these two days of excitement and exploration, so definitely check it out. 


https://the-creator.jp/

2023.10.09[Mon] 09:00

Japanese(日本語) , Other Topics(その他)

【Fukuoka Oktoberfest 2023】

Well, it's that time of year again when the beer festival 'Fukuoka Oktoberfest,' featuring direct imports of beer from Germany, will be held here in Fukuoka. It will be over 10 days from Friday, October 20th to Sunday, October 29th.

You can enjoy a variety of German draft beers, beer cocktails, sausages, and other traditional German home-cooked dishes. And while you enjoy your food and drink, you can also experience the ambiance of Bavarian traditional music.

The event will take place at Reisen Park, just a 3-minute walk from Nakasu-Kawabata Station. Admission is free, and the beer is available on a deposit system.

Under the refreshing autumn sky, spend 10 days singing and dancing with a beer in hand. Soft drinks, non-alcoholic beer, and wine will also be available for purchase, so everyone can enjoy this festival.

We encourage you to come and experience the atmosphere for yourself by visiting.

 

 

【Fukuoka City Information】

Have you heard of the International Japanese Speech Contest?

 Now, I have information from the Fukuoka City International Foundation.

Have you heard of the International Japanese Speech Contest that they hold every year?

Well, this year, the 21st  International Speech Contest will take place on the national holiday on Friday, November 3rd from 1pm. Speeches are given by students from Japanese classes and from Japanese language schools in the Fukuoka Metropolitan area. The topic of the speech is up to the participant and ranges from their experiences living in Fukuoka City to their dreams for the future, of course, delivered in Japanese. The contest will be held in the Science Hall  at the Fukuoka City Science Museum in Ropponmatsu.

If you are planning to attend the contest, you do not need to make a reservation.

If you have a chance, come and support these students and listen to the fruits of their language study labor!

For more information you can call the Fukuoka City International Foundation and speak to the Japanese Speech Contest Executive Committee at 092-262-1744. 

 

 

"Consultations for Immigration, Residency, and Nationality Matters"

To continue, is there anything you don't understand about residency status and term of stay regulations? If there is, the Fukuoka City International Foundation provides free 

consultation on these matters to the international residents of Fukuoka City.

Consultations are held every second Sunday of the month. They are offered from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, but you must register by 3:30 PM.  A gyousei-shoshi, or administrative lawyer will answer your questions and offer consultation.

There are English and Chinese interpreters present, and so, consultation in English, Chinese and Japanese does not require a reservation. For other languages, please consult with the center at least one week in advance.

Your confidentiality is guaranteed, so please feel at ease to use these services.

For more information, please call  0120-66-1799. Phone calls will be accepted between 9am and 6pm on weekdays.

2023.10.02[Mon] 09:00

Medical Treatment & Health(医療・保健) , Events & Entertainment(イベント・娯楽)

【Shinmai-New Rice】

Now that we're in October, the heat is finally starting to settle down, isn't it. It's a nice season and not just because of the weather. During this season in Japan, we have Minori no Aki, the Autumn harvest, expressing the abundance of grains, rice and fruits that get harvested this season. We've also got Shokuyoku no Aki, or the Autumn appetite. Have you heard of either of these expressions before?

Anyway, today, in line with the harvest, I'd like to introduce you to 'shinmai' (新米) the rice that is currently in season. Shinmai refers to rice that is harvested in the autumn and milled and packaged by December 31st of the same year. Shinmai has a plump texture and a strong sweetness and umami flavor.

Fukuoka boasts many delicious locally produced rice varieties. In Fukuoka City, rice cultivation is thriving in the nature-rich areas of Nishi Ward, Sawara Ward, and Higashi Ward and these areas are committed to safe, environmentally friendly cultivation practices.

One of the main varieties is 'Hinohikari,' representing Kyushu. It pairs excellently with any dish and is known for its firm, sticky texture. There are also varieties like 'Yumetsukushi,' which has a slightly sweet and tender texture, 'Minoritsukushi,' with a chewy and and easy texture, and Fukuoka's original variety 'Genkitsukushi,' which is delicious even when cold.

One rice dish to try this season is  'takikomi gohan,' a dish made with autumn flavors like sweet potatoes, chestnuts, and mushrooms mixed with rice. Savor the taste of autumn by enjoying Fukuoka's delicious rice.

 

 

【Fukuoka City Information】

Information about Autumn Covid Vaccinations

Now, I have some information for you from Fukuoka City about Covid-19 vaccinations.

Fukuoka City has been working toward making sure everyone who hopes to be vaccinated can do so with peace of mind.

This year as well, the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be available free of charge. Inoculation with a vaccine that is effective against the Omicron variant XBB.1.5, the current prevalent strain, is being carried out for all those who wish to receive it, aged six months and older.

When the inoculation coupon arrives, please visit the reservation site or call the vaccine call center to make a reservation. Unused vaccination tickets received earlier can also be used. If you have lost your vaccination ticket or have not received it, please contact the call center.

People who have recently relocated to Fukuoka City from overseas and who hope to get vaccinated need to fill out an application to receive the inoculation tickets.

For inquiries about vaccine consultation, reservations, and vaccination ticket issuance in Fukuoka City, you can contact the call center at 092-260-8405. Calls will be taken every day from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM and support is provided in  in seven foreign languages, including English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Nepali.

 

 

The Asia Pacific City Summit PR Event (Asia Pacific with SDGs)

Finally, I'd like to share some information on an event being held this coming weekend. On Saturday, October 7th, the 'Kankyo Festival Fukuoka 2023', roughly translated to the Fukuoka Environmental Festival will be held. This marks the 20th edition of the festival, and it will take place at three locations: the first floor of Solaria Plaza, Fukuoka Mitsukoshi Lion Hiroba, and Maizuru Park.

At the Fukuoka Mitsukoshi Lion Hiroba, the theme will be 'Let's Enjoy Learning about SDGs and the Asia-Pacific Region.' The event will feature an exhibition of drawings by children from the Asia-Pacific region, quizzes with English elements, touch games utilizing digital technology, and other activities to make learning about SDGs fun.

No advance registration is required to participate in this event.

For more details, please visit the website by searching for 'Kankyo Festival Fukuoka' or 'Asia-Pacific City Summit'.

2023.09.25[Mon] 09:00

Children & Childcare(子ども・子育て) , Other Topics(その他)

【World Translation Day】

This Saturday, the 30th, is "World Translation Day." Are there any books, movies or anything else that pop into your mind in terms of their translation? The first thing that comes to mind for me is Lost in Translation, the movie with Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray. Apparently this year is the 20th anniversary of the movie. It kind of sums up some of the things that can get lost between languages, even some of the things that get lost in the same language if two people aren't on the same page.
Anyway, going back to translations: Have you ever had the experience of watching a familiar story in a foreign language and being surprised by different interpretations and lines? Of course, accuracy in translation is essential, but it's also interesting to discover the differences in how things are explained and interpreted. Many words exist that are unique to a particular country and may be hard to understand without context. Translations share the meaning and nuances of words and cultures you may not be familiar with. Of course, nowadays, there are convenient translation apps to help you make your way through new languages. Definitely take advantage of them as you enjoy life here, discover the charm of Fukuoka, and expand your world by connecting with people near and far.

 

 

Diaper Services from Fukuoka City

Now, I have some information from Fukuoka City for you, especially useful for those of you with infants and children under 2 years old.

 In Fukuoka City, a new service called Omutsu To Anshin Teikibin, which means, roughly translated "Diaper and Peace of Mind Subscription" has been launched, targeting families raising children aged 0 to 2 years old. This service provides regular monitoring and delivers childcare items such as diapers to these households.

When you use childcare-related facilities and services in Fukuoka City, you can receive electronic stamps. You can exchange these stamps for approximately 200 different items, including diapers, baby wipes, baby food, powdered milk, skincare products, and more, worth up to 2,000 yen each month.

To receive these electronic stamps, you need to register for the service. Information about how to use the service has been sent to eligible households, so please register through the dedicated website.

If you have your child in daycare facilities, some of these facilities may be able to issue these electronic stamps to you. Additionally, you can collect stamps at places like the Children's Plaza and Parenting Exchange Salons. Be sure to take advantage of this service!

For more information, please go to the website, fuk-omutsu.com. The website itself supports English and other languages.

2023.09.18[Mon] 09:00

Medical Treatment & Health(医療・保健)

【Autumn in Japan】

The 23rd of September is Shubun no Hi, the autumnal equinox, and is one of the national holidays in Japan. Traditionally, it is a day to give thanks to ancestors and to pay respects to them. It is also the day when the length of day and night are equal. This day is unique as it varies between September 22nd and 23rd each year, it depends on when the sun passes through the equator.

And on the 29th of September, we have the mid-

autumn moon, which is considered to be time of the year when the moon is the most .beautiful to look at. It's a perfect time for tsukimi or moon viewing, going out to admire the moon in the evening sky. On this day, we don't always have a full moon for this, but this year, in 2023, we're lucky because we will have a full moon!

The month of September is when we really feel the change from Summer to Autumn in Japan, as the brutal heat of summer settles down into the pleasant, cooler days of autumn, and days become more comfortable. The air becomes clear offering a stunning view of the moon and stars at night.

Another thing about autumn here is the bounty of the harvest. There is something called 'shokuyoku no aki', or the Autumn appetite, and it's because during this season there are so many delicious flavors for us to enjoy. And as we continue through the season, there are vibrant landscapes for our eyes to feast on like the colorful cosmos, as they come into bloom and the autumn foliage.

As we come into Autumn in Japan, make sure you take advantage of it and enjoy it to the fullest!

 

 

【Fukuoka City Information】

Tuberculosis Prevention Week

Now, I have some information from Fukuoka City about Tuberculosis Prevention Week from the 24th to the 30th of September.

Tuberculosis is a disease that causes inflammation of the lungs mainly by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is an infectious disease that is transmitted person to person.

In 2022, 143 people in Fukuoka City were diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Symptoms of tuberculosis include coughing, phlegm, fever, bloody phlegm, chest pain, lethargy, night sweats and/or weight loss. In the beginning, it does resemble the common cold.

If you've noticed that you've had a cough for over two weeks, have had a lot of phlegm, you've felt lethargic or you've suddenly lost weight, please see a medical professional for an exam as soon as possible. The earlier it is detected, the earlier it can be treated preventing it from becoming a serious illness.  It is important to prevent spreading illness to family, friends and those at the workplace who are important to us.

Even if you are infected, tuberculosis does not always 

develop, however if your body cannot fight the tubercle bacillus, over time, an infection may develop.

If you are diagnosed with tuberculosis, you can fight it off by taking the proper medication every day according to your doctor's orders.

And, to prevent the spread or start of infections, make sure you get plenty of sleep, eat a good, balanced diet and get enough exercise. Making an effort every day to live healthily is the most effective prevention.

In Fukuoka City, there is the Fukuoka City Medical Interpreting Call Center service available if you do need to find a hospital or need some advice. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The phone number for that service is 092-733-5429. Interpretation is available in 20 different languages.

 

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