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June 2007

Ordinance to Ban Street Smoking Enacted

25 June 2007

Kyoto City has enacted a new ordinance that bans smoking on the street on June 1st. Trouble caused by smoking often happens on streets and in parks, for example, people or clothing get burnt walking past someone smoking. To prevent the trouble and improve the environment for everyone, the ordinance specifies that people must not smoke on the street throughout Kyoto City. Street smoking is strictly banned in some areas. If someone smokes in that area, he/she will be fined. Now the city is planning to make five specific areas strictly regulated non-smoking areas. After the areas are decided, the city will take about 6 months to notify citizens about the ordinance and introduce punishment procedures. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Cultural Bureau Local Promotion Section at 075-222-3049.

Scenery Design Association and Scenery Policy Advisor Established

25 June 2007

To preserve the beautiful scenery of Kyoto, the city will start a new scenery policy from September 1st that regulates the height and design of buildings, outdoor ads, etc. To promote this new policy, the city has established the Scenery Design Association and a Scenery Policy Advisor position. The association consists of groups and academic architectural specialists who together will decide building design standards. They will research and discuss 76 design standards as well as looking for new design ideas that can be adapted to the Kyoto architectural landscape. Some academic specialists will be appointed as scenery policy advisors to give specialized support and advice. The city is actively working on the scenery policy in cooperation with citizens. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Urban Planning Scenery Policy Section at 075-222-3397.

Local Community Update Meetings with City Hall Staff Members

18 June 2007

Kyoto City staff members have begun to visit local communities and explain current municipal policies. These local community update meetings will be held until March 2008. These meetings are available for groups over 10 people (Kyoto citizens or people commuting to Kyoto) and applicants need to arrange for the meeting place. Applicants can choose from 211 themes for the content of the meeting. These themes are posted on the Cityís website or via booklets distributed at City Hall, ward offices and branch offices. The meetings are free of charge. Applications must be submitted to the City Creation Section or Project Promoting Section at least one month in advance of the meeting day. For further information, contact the Kyoto City General Project Promotion Section at 075-222-3178.

Garbage Reduction Policies Succeeding

11 June 2007

Kyoto City has determined new reduced garbage collection levels after it introduced the paid-for garbage bag system in October 2006. The system was started to promote better lifestyle and higher environmental consciousness in relation to garbage among citizens. Through citizen cooperation, the amount of household garbage decreased by 20,000 tons over a six-month period. This is equivalent to a 15% decrease. In addition, recyclable garbage has increased by 18,000,000 tons (about 12%). It is necessary to continue to improve garbage disposal, for example, to use re-usable materials, to use personal shopping bags, etc. From October this year, all plastic materials must be disposed separately in all areas of the city. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Environmental Bureau Planning Section at 075-213-4930.

2007 Kyoto City Citizenís Charter Promotion Award Ceremony

11 June 2007

On May 31st, the 2007 award ceremony for people who promoted the Kyoto City Citizenís Charter was held at the Hito Machi Koryukan in Shimogyo ward. The Kyoto City Citizenís Charter was enacted in 1956 by the citizens of Kyoto. Since then it has played an important role as a standard for Kyoto citizens. During the ceremony, everyone sang the Kyoto City anthem, and the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra played celebratory music. In the award ceremony, 109 individuals and 9 groups were awarded for their contributions, including cleaning the local community, protecting childrenís, etc. At the end, the mayor, Mr. Yorikane Masumoto, and the Chairman of Kyoto City Council, Mr. Takao Utsumi, gave speeches. Letís continue to respect the Kyoto City Citizenís Charter to make Kyoto a more comfortable city to live. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Publicity Section at 075-222-3094.

Citizenís Fureai Stage Performers Wanted

4 June 2007

Kyoto City is now looking for groups who wish to perform in the Kyoto City Culture Festival held on September 16th and 17th, from 10:00-18:00 at Muromachikoji Square in Kyoto Station Building. Entry is free of charge and the groups can perform music, dance, traditional entertainment and other cultural activities. If the city has too many applicants, performers will be decided by lottery. Application forms are available at City Hall, ward offices and branch offices. The deadline is June 29th. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Cultural Bureau Art and Culture Section at 075-222-4105.

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