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May 2005

Application for "Delivery Meeting about Municipal Policy" Opened

30 May 2005

Kyoto City will accept applications for the "Delivery Meeting about Municipal Policy" from June 1. In these meetings municipal staff will visit citizens and explain municipal policies. People can choose the topic they are interested in from 189 kinds of policies. These meetings are available for groups of 10 or more people who are either Kyoto City citizens or people who commute to Kyoto. The service is free, but the group must organize and pay for the meeting place. The application form is available at City Hall, ward offices and branch offices. Application must be made one month in advance of the desired meeting date. This service will be available until March 31, 2006. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Project Promotion Section at 075-222-3178.

The People Requiring Financial Support Recruited for the "Business Creation Project"

30 May 2005

Kyoto City is recruiting people who need support from the city to start businesses in the commerce field. This project is called the "Business Creation (Akinai Soshutsu) Project". There are two types of the support system. One is "Practical Business (Akinai Jissen) Type" which supports business start-up including subsidizing of shop rent, advertising, business consulting, etc. The other is the "Business Acquisition (Akinai Shutoku) Type" through which the city provides a chance for people interested in business who have little knowledge and experience as business professionals to open a business as a way to learn. About 10 people will be recruited for both types. Application forms are available at City Hall, ward offices and branch offices and acceptable until June 30. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Commerce Promotion Section at 075-222-3340.

Promotion Themes and Practical Goals for the Kyoto City Citizen Charter 2005 Determined

23 May 2005

The Kyoto City Citizen Charter was first created by citizens in 1956. The City determined new promotion themes and practical goals for this year at the Citizen Charter Promotion Committee which consists of representatives from various fields. This year's five goals include ideas that every citizen can work on: 1) create a beautiful city full of plants; 2) consider and care for the environment; 3) a safe and comfortable community for every one; 4) preserve Kyoto's valuable heritage; 5) welcome tourists to Kyoto with a warm heart. It includes easy practical examples for citizens to make our precious city more beautiful and respectable. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Publicity Section at 075-222-3094.

Proposal from the Committee of Kyoto Traditional Industry Promotion Submitted

23 May 2005

On May 13, the Committee of Kyoto Traditional Industry Promotion submitted their proposal to the mayor, Mr. Masumoto. The proposal proclaims the tasks and directions for the city to enact the new measure that promote the further development of Kyoto's traditional industries, one of the most important of the city's industries. The proposal recommends that in addition to conventional national categorization, the city should increase the number of categories and defines more things as Kyoto traditional industries. Proposed examples include Kyoto cuisine, hair wigs, wire netting, all of which are rooted deeply or connected strongly to historical or industrial aspects of Kyoto. Based on this proposal, the city will gather opinions from citizens and positively enact new measures. This will be the first municipal measure for traditional industry promotion in Japan. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Traditional Industry Section at 075-222-3337.

An Integrated Plan for Safe, Comfortable Local Kyoto Networks Determined

16 May 2005

Kyoto City has determined an integrated plan to create a safe and comfortable life for its citizens. The plan is based on ideas and opinions gathered from citizens last February. In total, eight categories of municipal policies including crime, accidents and natural disasters are covered. At the same time, the plan proposes how to create and run broad local networks that can respond to and deal with various local problems. Among others, specific examples are given for child security and social welfare. Booklets and pamphlets about the plan are available for free at City Hall, ward offices and branch offices. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Project Promotion Section at 075-222-4178.

Promotion Pamphlet for about Global Warming Measure and It's Encouragement Published

16 May 2005

Kyoto City has published a promotion pamphlet about how the city is dealing in positive ways with the issue of global warming. The pamphlet informs citizens about new measures enacted on April 1 which were the first local measure for global warming in Japan. The pamphlet explains how the measure was enacted and describes the bad effects of global warming, outlines measure with illustrations, and introduces specific examples on how individuals and companies can stop global warming. There are two types of pamphlets: one for individuals and one for companies. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Global Warming Provision Section at 075-222-3452.

Iki-iki Center Child Care Support Center Opened in Uzumasa and Ishida

9 May 2005

Kyoto City has opened a child care support centers called the Iki-iki Center (Tsudoi-no Hiroba) in Uzumasa (Ukyo Ward) and Ishida (Fushimi Ward). These centers were built especially as places for parents with little children to come together and exchange the information. Specialist child counseling and care is available at both centers. Local child care information and lectures are also available. Kyoto City is going to open 20 of these centers by March, 2009. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Children and Home Section at 075-251-2380.

Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and Prague Symphony Orchestra Cooperation Announced

9 May 2005

The mayor, Mr. Masumoto, declared that the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra will broadly cooperate with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. This cooperation will be part of three separate anniversary events: 1) the 10th anniversary of the Kyoto Concert Hall, 2) the 50th anniversary of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra (2006), 3) and the 10th anniversary since Kyoto and Prague became sister cities. Through events marking the celebration of these three things Kyoto hopes to promote music and creates a better relationship between both cities. Based on this affiliation, both orchestras will cooperate on a number of different friendship exchanges such as to invite conductor and soloist, accept exchange students, support for publicity activities, etc. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Cultural Section at 075-222-4105.

Request for Human Rights Promotion "Hotto" Photos

2 May 2005

Kyoto City has started accepting "Human Rights Promotion "Hotto" Photos" from the public. "Hotto" means relief and the photos should show something warm that symbolizes the importance of human rights. The project was created to promote the importance of human rights. The photos should be previously unreleased, and include feelings such as sympathy, the wonder of life, gratitude to others, etc. The applicants are limited to Kyoto City citizens and people who regularly commute to Kyoto. The deadline is August 1. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Human Rights Promoting Section at 075-222-3381.

Demonstrations of Alternative Transportation Models Started

2 May 2005

The Mayor, Mr. Masumoto, has declared that the city will start to operate demonstrations of alternative transportation models in cooperation with private companies. Mini-buses or large taxis instead of city buses will be used on the six city bus lines that lose the most money. This plan was created to produce more convenient traffic networks and to stimulate private businesses interested in offering local public transport solutions. It is also based on a committee report made by "The Committee Considering the Kyoto Bus Business". The committee consists of representatives from Kyoto City Bus and private traffic companies. The experiment will be launched from July, 2005 on those lines: #16, south #8, #84, special south #5, #42 and #43. Actual operation is planned to start in April, 2007. For further information, contact the planning section of Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau at 075-822-9104.

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