I was very surprised at the news of the world's 10 hottest cities. Because my home town of Fukuoka was listed in the 10 cities by NewsWeek in U.S.A.
Of course I love my home town though, I feel the town has changed to a miniature of Tokyo same as other local cities in Japan. There are some franchised cofee shops or convenience stores or Keitai shops and so on in Fukuoka now.
And, as you may know it, Fukuoka is now aiming to attract the Olympia game. However, I doubt if Fukuoka is proper size of city.
I don't know what points of Fukuoka was evaluated by NewsWeek's writer. But I suppose most of dwellers in Fukuoka might be confused by this article.
Please read the article on the web site of NewsWeek described in below. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13528594/site/newsweek/
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