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April 2005

Human Rights Cultural Promotion Plan Determined

25 April 2005

Kyoto City has determined a Promoting Plan for Human Rights and Culture which advocates the basic principles for a better human rights policy. Kyoto City has worked on previous plan based on 10 years for human rights education organized by United Nation. This new plan will last until 2014 and was designed to cope with problems occur from changing social situations. In regards to human rights, the plan's policies are based on three categories: education and development, security, and counseling and rescue. Examples of current community projects include assistance promotion for the elderly and handicapped people, a map that shows organizations and systems dealing with human rights counseling and assistance. The plan will present the city's policies in regards to human right including one of the most pressing issues: homeless people. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Human Rights Promotion Section at 075-222-3381.

Kyoto's Appeals Publicity Poster 5th Edition Published

25 April 2005

The Kyoto City publicity poster, Kyoto's Appeals, is used to widely promote the attractions of the city under the themes: Historical City and the Creation of Kyoto. The fifth edition focuses on Kyoto's traditional arts that have been passed on for many generations. The famous actress, Rei Kikukawa, is featured prominently on the poster. She is the Kyoto City Sightseeing Special Ambassador. In the poster she is wearing an exquisite yuzen kimono dating from around 1945. Yuzen dyeing is one of Kyoto's most famous traditional craft. Beginning in May, the posters will be hung on the public city boards, in city buses and on subways, all city post offices, main JR train stations (JR East and West) and in other private train station, etc. Kyoto City will continue to publish new editions of this poster to let people all over Japan know how special the city is. For further information, contact Kyoto City Publicity Section at 075-222-3094.

Information Service, “the Field Museum” in the City History Museum Completed

18 April 2005

Kyoto City has completed a new information service called the Field Museum at the Kyoto City History Museum. This system presents the entire city as a historical museum with information on more than 2,700 historical information. Included are locations of historical stone monuments, historical sites, historic maps, chronologies, information about important people, etc. Using the system, users can easily search for and find information they need. The system can also be used as a lifelong learning material. For further information, contact the Kyoto City History Museum at 075-241-4312.

Kyoto City was Awarded Grand Prize for Coming-of-Age Day Celebration

18 April 2005

Kyoto City was selected as one of the best cities in Japan for its magnificent staging of the Coming-of-Age Day celebration in January. The award, awarded since 2001, is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Also in 2001, the New Coming-of-Age Celebration Ceremony Council was founded. Kyoto City also stages other unique celebration ceremonies related to Coming-of-Age Day such as the Memory Celebration (for those who couldn't attend the ceremony in the past), or the Half Celebration for 10-year-old children. All of these efforts have received much praise. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Lifelong Learning Section at 075-222-3800.

A New Fire Helicopter, the Hiei Deployed and a Super Command Rescue Team Founded

11 April 2005

The Mayor, Mr. Masumoto, has declared that the city will deploy a new fire helicopter (called the Hiei) and a Super Command Rescue Team. Both were created to react promptly and properly to the large scale disasters and terrorism. The new helicopter, the Hiei, is equipped with the latest functions and machines such as a sophisticated emergency life saving device, an infrared ray camera, a tank for fire extinction that is twice the size of conventional tanks. The Super Command Rescue Team can undertake high level life saving activities utilizing electromagnetic waves and other technologies. It also leads various rescue teams regarding he disaster scale. Kyoto City will develop its system of disaster prevention and risk management to continue to be among the best in Japan. In this way, the city promises to offer a safe, comfortable life to its citizens. For further information, contact the General Affairs Section, Kyoto City Fire Department at 075-212-6629.

Weekend Telephone Counseling Service for Consumption Affairs Launched

11 April 2005

Kyoto City has started a telephone counseling service for consumption affaires on weekends cooperation with Kyoto Prefecture. This is because of the increasing demand for this kind of counseling on weekends as the number of consumption-related problems has been increasing. For example, the false claims from sexually explicit sites that one hasn't used often occur on weekends and the last day of the cooling-off system is often set on weekends too. The service is available at 075-257-9002, from 10:00-16:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. The weekday service is available at the Kyoto City Citizen Life Center as usual. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Citizen Life Center at 075-256-1110.

Kyoto City and Keihoku Town Incorporated

4 April 2005

On April 1, Kyoto City and Keihoku Town were incorporated and the area previous known as Keihoku Town became part of Kyoto's Ukyo Ward. In November 2002, Keihoku Town formally requested incorporation. The Kyoto City Council and Keihoku Town Council agreed and subsequently an Incorporation Council was created. Since the conclusion of the incorporation agreement, the City successfully completed application to the governor of Kyoto Prefecture and other procedures. The Keihoku region is rich in natural surroundings. Forest covers more than 90% of its surface, and the area is known for its fresh green mountains, and clear rivers. The area has long and strong cultural and economic ties to Kyoto City. Kyoto City will do its best to make the city better so that all people will feel that incorporation was the right choice.

Kyoto City Graph, Spring Edition Published

4 April 2005

Kyoto City recently published the spring edition of the Kyoto City Graph. This magazine features various topics about Kyoto City such as people, the appeals of the city, municipal Government, etc. The magazine is full of excellent photos as well. The magazine is published four times a year. The spring edition is based on the theme: the appeals of the Keihoku region: natural heritage, history and cultural preservation. The region was incorporated into Kyoto City, April 1. Other feature articles include on disaster prevention in the city which introduces the city's latest disaster prevention system and the useful knowledge about the disaster prevention. The magazine is available at City Hall, ward offices and branch ward offices, libraries and other public facilities for free. For details, contact the Kyoto City Publicity Section at 075-222-3094.

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