About K.I.A.

On October 1st 2012 Kitakyushu International Association became a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation.

Greetings from the Board Chairman

Upon receiving authorisation from the Fukuoka Prefectural Governor to become a Public Interest Incorporated Association, we took a new step forward on October 1st 2012 and became Kitakyushu International Association (PIIA). Then in April 2013, in order to increase our convenience, we moved our base of operations to Com City in Yahatanishi Ward’s Kurosaki. Going forward, we hope to leverage the skills and knowledge we have cultivated so far to “take on different cultures and create a town and citizens who are open to the world” and work even harder as the area’s coordinator to provide high quality service.
We hope you will continue to grant us your cooperation and support from here on out.

                                                                                              Kitakyushu International Association
                                                                                              Board Chairman Takagi Toshio

Purpose of the Association

To promote the creation of a multicultural society within Kitakyushu and its surrounding areas, to promote inter-cultural activity by a wide variety of Kitakyushu citizens, deepen intercultural understanding and goodwill, and through this we aim to contribute to the creation of an open city that adds to international peace.

Long-term vision and Medium-term plan

Long-term vision:

Taking in foreign culture and creating a region and people who are open to the rest of the world.


  1. Supporting foreign residents in acculturation and promoting foreign input in societal planning..
  2. Creating a multicultural city through cooperation.
  3. Nurturing people to uphold a multicultural society.

History of the Association


July: Kitakyushu International Association established (by the authority ofthe Prefectural Governor of Fukuoka.
August: Began operating from Kitakyushu City Hall.
October: Moved to coincide with the opening of the Kitakyushu International Conference Center.


July: The Dalian Economic and Cultural Exchange Office opens in Dalian, China.


April: The Sekihara Kitakyushu Dalian Friendship Fund is founded (100 million JPY).


July: Moved to coincide with the opening of the International Village Center. Kokura Information is set up in the Kitakyushu International Conference Center.


April: Support Foundation for Exchange Students established.


March: Announcement of the Long-term vision “Basic policy on Foreign Exchange – the role of the KIA”.
May: Kokura Information moved to the AIM Building.


October: Changed to a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation.


March: “Long-term vision” and “Medium-term plan 2013-2015” announced.
April: Moved to Com City building in Kurosaki, Yahatanishi-ku. Foreigner Information Center Kokurakita Ward Office Branch Office set up in Kokurakita Ward Office.

How to use the Community Room and Locker (Com City)

Within the KIA’s space, in order to support citizen’s community works, we have set up a Community Room that can be used for meetings etc, and storage lockers. Before using either, you will need to complete a group registration. Once the registration has been completed, you will be able to apply to use the Community Room and lockers.

・Available from: July 1st.

・Applying: You can apply at the KIA front desk (Com City) any time from the first day of the month 3 months in advance of the date you wish to use the service, with the exception of use in July being available from May 1st onwards.

・Who can use: Any non-profit group that is registered with the KIA.

・Fee:   Community Room – Free

             Locker (Large) – 500yen per month

             Locker (Small) – Free

・Outline of facilities: Community room – Square room with space for 12 people

Locker (Large) – External dimensions W1560cm x L1151cm x H2666cm

Locker (Small) – External dimensions W1363cm x L1560cm x H1363cm

Application form: Please download from the “Various Application Documents” page on the KIA homepage.

Or: Directly from here

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Contact us

Contact Form or E-mail Address: helpdesk@kitaq-koryu.jp

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Kitakyushu International Association

Kurosaki 3-15-3, Yahatanishi, Kitakyushu-shi ComCity 3F
Opening hours: 9:00am–5:30pm
Closed : Sunday, public holidays, New Year holidays (12/29-1/3)
TEL : 093-643-5931
FAX : 093-643-6466