Dragonite was selected to be Fukui Prefecture’s Ambassador Pokémon due to the area’s numerous geographical features whose names are associated with dragons, such as the Kuzuryu River. Fukui Prefecture also has a reputation for having a large concentration of dinosaur fossils, which naturally leads to it being the location the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, the prefecture’s main tourist destination. Beginning in Summer 2024, the Fukui Prefecture will debut trains wrapped with Dragonite designs in the hope to attract more tourists, to coincide with the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line coming to the region. Fukui Prefecture Governor Tatsuharu Sugimoto expressed his confidence in the Pokémon Local Acts program, saying “Pokémon are the world's number 1 fictional characters,” and expressed his hope that the program would further enliven the prefecture as a follow-up to the planned opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension via Fukui in March 2024.
- Event highlights, goods, artistic utility hole covers and other features related to collaborative projects designed to promote Japan’s localities involving “Ambassadorial Pokémon,” whose characteristics match those of their respective localities.local.pokemon.jp福井県は23日、人気ゲーム「ポケットモンスター」のキャラクターを地域活性化に生かすためポケモン（東京・港）と連携協定を結んだ。同ゲームのキャラ「カイリュー」を県をアピールする「ふくい応援ポケモン」に定め、ラッピング電車やスタンプラリーなどのイベントに活用する。北陸新幹線の県内開業もせまるなか、観光誘客のコンテンツとして期待する。ポケモンは18年から地方自治体と連携して相互に魅力を発信する「ポケwww.nikkei.com