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August 2006

Household Garbage Bags and Garbage Reduction Booklet Distributed to All Households

28 August 2006

Kyoto City will start to charge for garbage bags from October 2006 to reduce the amount of garbage generated in the city. Before the system is started, the city will provide 25 garbage bags to all households for free in September. This amount is made up of 15 general garbage bags and 10 garbage bags for recyclables. In addition, a booklet which outlines the new charged-for garbage bag system and a A3 size poster that shows the new rules for garbage disposal will also be included with the bags. If no one at home when the bags are delivered and the bags can’t be fitted in the mail box, the claim receipt is left. Please bring the receipt to the local cleaning office, ward office and branch office after September 25th. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Cleaning Promotion Section at 075-222-3461.

Air Conditioners Installed in All Public Elementary Schools and Junior High School Classrooms

28 August 2006

Kyoto City has installed air conditioners in all classrooms of public elementary schools and junior high schools. The plan started in 2004 to provide a comfortable studying environment. The latest model eco-air conditioners have been installed in about 2,500 elementary school classrooms over the summer of 2006. Now the program is complete. The city used a PFI (Private Finance Initiative), for the first time in Japan, to finance the venture. The PFI shortened the required installation period and resulted in a saving of 1.76 billion yen. Now students in Kyoto can study for 205 school days, the most in Japan. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Educational Environment Maintenance Section at 075-222-3789.

‘Kyo-mono’ Fan Club Founded

21 August 2006

Kyoto City has founded the ‘Kyo-mono’ fan club and will start recruiting members from February 2007. The club has been founded to promote Kyoto’s traditional crafts all over Japan and to develop new market. Now the city wants a design for the club member card by soliciting designs from the public. The design should express tradition, elegance and other Kyoto-like elements. The deadline is October 20th. The best design will be awarded 100,000 yen. The copyright and other rights of the design will belong to Kyoto City. For further information, contact the Kyoto Itsudemo Call Center at 075-661-3755.

Management Assessment for Small and Medium Size Companies

21 August 2006

Kyoto City is providing periodical management assessment through the Small and Medium Size Company Support Center. Professional counselors for small and medium size company management will give appropriate advice. Companies that receive a subsidy from the city or prefecture can get a 0.1% - 0.3% discount on their guarantee commission. The company must be located in Kyoto City which has financial or management problems. The counseling service is free of charge and available to the first 100 companies. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Industry Promotion Section at 075-222-3324.

Kyoto Tourism Promotion Committee Founded

14 August 2006

Kyoto City has founded the Kyoto Tourism Promotion Committee in cooperation with Kyoto Prefecture, the Kyoto City Tourist Association and the Kyoto Prefecture Tourists Information. Last year the number of tourists visiting Kyoto set a record for the fifth year in a row. However, competition with other cities has increased recently and the city strongly feels that local cooperation will continue to make Kyoto the primary tourist destination in Japan. On August 1st, the first meeting was held. The committee members talked about plans for this year including how to improve the tourist information center at JR Kyoto Station. Following that, each organization reported on their projects. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Tourism Planning Section at 075-222-4130.

August is Human Rights Month

14 August 2006

Kyoto City is creating a comfortable city for its citizens regardless of age, sex, physical disability, nationality, race, family background, etc. based on a sense of respecting others and human rights. Every August is Human Rights Month. The city organizes various events like lectures and visits to human right related facilities to inform concerned citizens about human rights. Human right is essential right to make everyone’s life comfortable. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Human Right Cultural Promotion Section at 075-222-3381.

Updated Procedure for Elderly Subway and Bus Concession Pass Accepted until August 10th

7 August 2006

Kyoto City provides subway and bus concession passes to the citizens over 70 years old. The present pass is valid until the end of September 2006. People who need to update their pass can update their status between July and August 10th, 2006. When the city receives the form, a delivery invoice or claim receipt will be sent back in the early September. The price of the pass depends on the individual’s income. The pass can be received at local post offices. If you do not have such a pass but wish to qualify, bring your name seal and official ID, such as a health insurance card, to the ward office. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Longevity and Welfare Section at 075-251-1106.

Anti-Bird Garbage Nets Available

7 August 2006

Kyoto City has started an anti-bird net rental service to prevent crows and other birds from messing up garbage collection sites. The net is available for garbage collection sites used by more than 5 families. There must be someone who can take care of it, for example, to take away the net when it is not necessary. The net rental service is free of charge. Application forms are available at City Hall, ward offices and branch offices. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Sight Cleaning Promotion Section at 075-222-3461.

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