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November 2005


Meeting about Bird Flu Held

28 November 2005

Kyoto City held a meeting to discuss issues related to bird flu on November 21st 2005. Bird flu outbreaks and death caused in people have been widely reported in China and other parts of Southeast Asia. Participants in the city meeting discussed safety issues related to possible bird flu outbreaks. During the meeting it was decided to create a manual about how to respond to a bird flu outbreak, to establish a medical committee that would coordinate with the government organizations and medical institutions. In addition, bird flu counseling desks was opened on November 22nd. The desks are open from Monday to Friday, 8:30-17:00, in the healthcare center of each ward office and branch office. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Local Medical Service Section at 075-222-3422.


Human Rights Awareness Month

28 November 2005

December is Human Rights Awareness month. In December 1948, the Declaration of the Rights of Man was adopted by the United Nations. The declaration states that ‘All human beings are born free and equal in terms of dignity and rights’. In December, Kyoto City organized various events to publicize the importance of human rights. For example, a human rights assembly was held on Sunday, December 4th from 13:00 at Doshisha University. Kyoto City promotes human rights issues. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Human Rights Promotion Section at 075-222-3381.


Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting at the Kyoto State Guest House

21 November 2005

The Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting was held at Kyoto State Guest House on November 16th, 2005. Kyoto City worked hard to make this significant event safe and successful and to that end cooperated with Kyoto prefecture and other administrations. It was also an excellent opportunity to promote Kyoto to the world and improve the city’s chances of becoming the location for the G8 Summit in 2008. The city hopes to achieve this goal by cooperating with citizens and actively promoting its advantages.


Result of the First Public Questionnaire about Municipal Administration Released

21 November 2005

Kyoto City has released the results of a questionnaire on its municipal administration. The questions were mainly about the preservation of Kyoto’s historical scenery. The 1,503 people out of 3,000 (over 20-years of age) answered. More than 80% were interested in the Kyoto Creation Project which is actively trying to promote the preservation of the city. Also more than 70% agree that the most important approach was to preserve Kyoto’s historical scenery. The city will use these results to make the Kyoto Creation Project even more successful. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Publicity Section at 075-222-3094.


Japanese Culture Test for Children (Junior Kyoto Kentei) Started

14 November 2005

Kyoto City will start testing children (Junior Kyoto Kentei) from autumn of 2006 on their knowledge of Japanese culture. This test, mainly for elementary and junior high school children, was derived from a test created by the test of Kyoto Sightseeing and Culture (Kyoto Kentei), which is operated by the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The test consists of two parts. One is a written section geared to the students’ age and learning level. The other is written report related to cultural experiences students have had. The city hopes this test will stimulate the study of Japanese cultural and increase the creativity abilities of children. The test is also fundamentally related to the preservation aspects of the Kyoto Creation Project. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Regional Education Support Section at 075-222-3590.


The Park & Ride Campaign

14 November 2005

Kyoto City held a Park & Ride Campaign on November 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th. The Park & Ride campaign was undertaken to promote public transportation and environmental awareness in relation to cars during the peak autumn tourist season. On these four days, temporary car parks were set up at Subway Kuinabashi Stn., Keifuku Sanjoguchi Stn., JR Tanbaguchi Stn. and Nagaokakyo Stn. The car parks were open from 9:00 to 18:00 (entry by 14:00, \100). During the campaign period, Gozo-saka between Higashiyama Gojo and Kiyomizu Temple was only accessible to buses and taxies from 10:00-17:00, and a special shuttle service. Also in the Arashiyama area, temporary traffic regulations were enforced on Sat., Sun. and national holidays in November. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Policy Section at 075-222-3483.


Generating Hydrogen Gas from Recycled Resources

7 November 2005

The Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Masumoto declared in a regular press conference on November 2nd that the city will working on an alternative fuel study in cooperation with Kyoto University. The study focuses on hydrogen gas which is a favorite as replacement for oil and coal. Hydrogen gas would be extracted from city garbage and glycerin (produced from used cooking oil) and then used in fuel cells. Both studies are the first of their kind to be carried out in Japan. To make this study a practical success the city will cooperate with private companies, academic institutions and other administration. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Facility Maintenance Section at 075-212-8500.


Open Electronic Bidding System for Purchasing Initiated

7 November 2005

Kyoto City has started an open electronic bidding system for the city’s purchasing of some things to improve transparency and competence of bidding by disclosing the information and results on the internet. The new system doesn’t disclose the name of the bidding company. Companies can participate in the bidding process through the internet or via access from a computer in the Fitting Section at City Hall. Currently registration of this on-line bidding system simply requires the user to apply for an ID card. The new bidding system went into effect on November 28, 2005 (for some things) and will go into effect on the Internet from February 1st 2006 and will go into full effect in 2007. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Fitting Section at 075-222-3311.



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