This centre is in the stylish new state-of-the-art Aqua Hakata building in a riverside location in the heart of Fukuoka City on the boundary between the Chuo and Hakata districts. Glass curtain walls, high ceilings and a sophisticated-looking reception area make this feel more like a first-class hotel than an office and the views of the city are excellent. Aqua Hakata is one of the most advanced buildings in Fukuoka, built to meet the latest Class-A specification for new buildings in Tokyo. Fukuoka is the fourth largest city in Japan, has a population of over five million and has experienced fast economic growth in recent years. Nearly 400 overseas companies are based here. The city is fast becoming Japan's leading area for the IT industry. It is already home to about 2,000 IT-related businesses and the city is committed to further growth in this sector and has a newly ugraded broadband infrastructure.