Hemmed in by mountains and its seaside location, Fukuoka is a compact city with average office rents half those in Tokyo and the lure of beaches nearby. Photo: Bloomberg

Start-up magnet Fukuoka bucks trend in ageing Japan, drawing young risk takers with its quality of life, location and low costs

A short-haul flight from Hong Kong and Taiwan, a ferry ride from South Korea, and closer to Shanghai than Tokyo, the port city is luring entrepreneurs with its bargain rents, low taxes, special visas and streamlined red tape

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Hemmed in by mountains and its seaside location, Fukuoka is a compact city with average office rents half those in Tokyo and the lure of beaches nearby. Photo: Bloomberg
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