New JR Station Katsuragawa Station Opened in Kuze, Minami Ward on October 18th
27 October 2008
On October 18th, 2008, a new JR station, Katsuragawa Station, was opened between Nishioji Station and Mukomachi Station on JR Kyoto line, in Kuze, Minami ward. It takes 6 minutes to reach Katsuragawa Station from Kyoto Station. At the same time, development of the area around the new station was completed. Kyoto City constructed a new free walkway that connects the east and west side of the station, a bus/taxi terminal in front of the station, and bicycle, motor bike/scooter parking area (capacity: 1,800 bicycles/motor bikes).
In the opening ceremony, the Mayor, Mr. Kadokawa made a speech and said, “The city took all effort to complete this big project. I hope this station and the newly developed area will largely contribute to a more comfortable life for the local people.” After the speech, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening.
Kyoto City will continue to cooperate with related organizations to make better circumstances for the area. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Road Construction Section: Tel: 075-222-3577. Regarding the bike/motor bike parking space, contact the Kyoto City Bicycle Project Section: Tel: 075-222-3565.
Pink Ribbon Kyoto 2008: Kyoto Tower and City Hall Turned Pink
19 October 2008
On October 11th, 2008, the “Pink Ribbon Kyoto 2008” event was held in the Kyoto Station Building.
The Pink Ribbon is a symbol mark for the early detection and early diagnosis of breast cancer. In Kyoto, the “Pink Ribbon Kyoto Committee” was founded in cooperation with medial specialists, NPO, business companies, and students. Kyoto City and Kyoto Prefecture promote the campaign. This event was planned to let people know about the campaign.
Student dance and music performance, speech by the mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Kadokawa and other events were held. Kyoto Tower and City Hall were lit-up with pink light to let people know about the Pink Ribbon Campaign.
According to a survey, one out of 20 women runs the risk of getting breast cancer. To prevent it, routine health checkups and early detection and diagnosis are necessary. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Health and Medical Section: Tel: 075-222-3419.
Experiment on Raw Garbage Collection Started
13 October 2008
From October 1st, 2008, Kyoto City has started a model experiment on separately collecting raw garbage from households. The raw garbage will be used to produce gas fuel and fertilizer.
About 40% of the city’s garbage is raw garbage. To recycle it and to reduce the amount of garbage, the city will conduct this experiment for the next year. About 2,200 households in the city will join the experiment. Each household will separate their raw garbage using special garbage bags provided by the city. The collected garbage will be brought to an experimental facility to make it into bio gas to be used for electric power generation.
About 200 farmers in the north part of the city will join the experiment to make fertilizer from the raw garbage. They will produce fertilizer using a special device provided by the city and use the resultant produce on their farms.
After the initial 1-year experiment period, the city will poll participants and determine if raw garbage collection is feasible or not. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Circulation Planning Section: Tel: 075-213-4930.
“The 1st General Assembly of the Mirai Machizukuri 100 Member Committee” Held
6 October 2008
On September 27th, Kyoto City held the 1st general assembly of the Mirai Machizukuri 100 Member Committee.
The committee was founded to develop a better cooperative relationship between the city administration and local citizens by sharing problems the city is facing in the hope of better cooperative solutions. Citizens of all ages can join the committee and working on related themes and solutions. Citizens will discuss matters and provide their resultant opinions and proposed solutions to the city administration, and businesses.
In the first general assembly, a workshop was held to find an ideal figure for Kyoto. The mayor, Mr. Kadokawa, joined the workshop and had good conversation with the people who came.
The committee will meet once a month to discuss better city creation and continue to submit their opinions to the city. Kyoto City will take prompt action to achieve these goals and report the result to citizens.
For further information, contact the Kyoto City Kyokan System Section: Tel: 075-222-3104.