The Causes and Status of Regional Development Strategy by International Exchanges in Kyushu, Japan

일본 큐슈(九州)지역의 국제교류를 이용한 지역 활성화정책의 원인과 현황

  • 신영근 (큐슈대학교 인문과학원 지리학과)
  • Received : 2011.10.20
  • Accepted : 2011.11.05
  • Published : 2011.12.30


This article explores the causes of why there are many international exchange festivals and events regarding South Korea in Kyushu, Japan. It can be explained as follows. Firstly, Kyushu is the closest region to South Korea and there are many transport links between the two places. Secondly, Kyushu has many rich historical sites relating to Korea which would be ideal themes for international exchange festivals and events. Thirdly, Kyushu has the highest number of sister city connection with South Korea in Japan. This means that it is easy to hold international exchange festivals and events with the sister city. Tsushima city in Nagasaki prefecture is thought to best encompass all of the above criteria. Therefore, it would seem that Tsushima city is especially eager to hold international exchange festivals and events with South Korea as a means of meeting the regional development strategy.