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Paid-for Garbage Bags for Household Garbage Started from October 1st

25 September 2006

Kyoto City will start its paid-for garbage bag system for household garbage from October 1st 2006. Please use the specified garbage bags provided from the city to put out your garbage. The garbage bags are widely available at shops, supermarkets, convenience stores, etc that has the special sticker. By the middle of September, a set of all garbage bag types had been distributed to all households in the city. Please use them properly. After October 1st, the garbage that isnít in the specified bags will not be collected. The income from the new garbage bag system will be used for garbage reduction or other garbage related improvements to make the city beautiful for future generations. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Cleaning Promotion Section at 075-222-3461.

2006 Policy Evaluation Results Released

25 September 2006

The city has released the results of the policy evaluation for 2006. The evaluation has five levels (A-E) based on objective indicators from statistical surveys and questionnaire input from the citizens. In all 26 policies and 106 projects were evaluated. The number evaluated as B level (goals mostly achieved) increased, while level C (goals modestly achieved) and D (goals basically not achieved) decreased. The result shows that the cityís municipal policies have improved significantly compared to the previous year. In particular, items related to culture, life-long learning and tourism were highly evaluated. The results will be used for policy management next year. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Municipal Policy Planning Section at 075-222-3035.

Paid-for Garbage Bags for Household Garbage Started from October 1st

18 September 2006

Kyoto City will start the paid-for garbage bag system for household garbage from October 1st 2006. It has been initiated to reduce the amount of garbage generated and to promote green awareness and action. There are four types of general garbage bags: 45 liter, 30 liter, 10 liter and 5 liter; and three types for recyclable garbage: 45 liter, 30 liter and 20 liter. These garbage bags are available at shops, supermarkets, convenience store and other places. You will see special stickers at places where they sell these garbage bags. From October 1st, garbage that isnít in such bags will not be collected. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Cleaning Promotion Section at 075-222-3461.

Three Basic Principles for Municipal Management for 2007

18 September 2006

On September 15th, Kyoto City announced three basic principles for municipal management next year. First, based on the theme Ďtrust and partnership with citizensí, special priority items in six important fields. One of them is to preserve and promote the historical scenery of the city. Second, important reformation items in four core areas, including the establishment of reliable municipal management based major improvement reforms. Third, in the area of initial budget distribution, each department in City Hall will cut their budgets to yield savings of 4 billion yen which will be distributed across important municipal policy fields. Based on those three principles, each city department and ward offices strive to meet their 2007 policy related goals in terms of municipal management promotion, municipal reformation and financial system improvements.

Rental Videos and DVDs for New Bird Flu Awareness Available

11 September 2006

Kyoto City has started a rental service for videos and DVDs containing information about the newest kind of bird flu. It includes useful and practical information about the bird flu, for example, how to prevent it and how the city will react if it occurs. Companies, groups and other organizations can make use of the videos and DVDs for free (10-day term; from one month in advance of use). Please use these materials in local meetings, etc. An online web presentation is also available on the Kyoto City website. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Local Medication Section at 075-222-3422.

G8 Kansai 2008 Bid Committee Meeting Held

11 September 2006

On September 5th 2006, the G8 Kansai 2008 Bid Committee held a meeting in Osaka. The participants included the Kansai Economic Federation, and the Kyoto, Osaka, and Hyogo municipal governments and the representatives of their respective chambers of commerce and industry. Mr. Uehara, the vice-mayor of Kyoto, attended. In the meeting, each mayor or city representative articulated and presented their views on the summit plan. The meeting ended with a decision to present a final plan to the national government in the middle of October without actually choosing the primary host city for the summit. The City continues to cooperate with Kyoto Prefecture and the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry to receive the summit in Kyoto. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Municipal Policy Planning Section at 075-222-3035.

Student City Finance Park to Opened

4 September 2006

In January 2007, the city will open a Student City Finance Park in the old Monoshigeno Junior High School site. This is an experience-based education facility for students of elementary schools and junior high schools to learn about social economical structure and the importance of occupation and working. An extensive simulated town and it economic situations with banks, shops, city offices, etc. is part of the school. Students learn through story role experiences. They learn about selling and buying, and the calculation of essential expenditures, as well as tax and insurance system understanding. Facility name ideas will be accepted until October 20th. The copyright of the name will belong to the city. Also school volunteer staff members, over 18 years of age, are being recruited. From January 2007, such staff members will spend about six hour/day with students, etc. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Student City Finance Park Operating Office at 075-253-0880.

Disaster Drill Practiced

4 September 2006

September 1st is a disaster prevention day. The city organized a disaster drill throughout Minami ward. About 5,800 people from disaster prevention related organizations, local groups from local citizens participated. The drill simulated the aftermath situation of a large earthquake in terms of fire rescues, first aid, and communication system revival. In Tonoda Park and Kuzebazhi-nishi Park, an evacuation center was set up to actually provide food and water, and to set up emergency toilets, etc. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Management Office at 075-212-6798.


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