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February 2008

International Manga Summit Planning Committee and Administrative Meeting

18 February 2007

The International Manga Summit will be held in Kyoto between September 6th and 8th this year. The summit has been designed to promote and develop manga culture and mutual exchange through manga. The first planning committee and administrative meeting was held on January 31st at Kyoto International Manga Museum. Staff members from Kyoto City and the national government, economists, and prominent manga artists participated. In the meeting, Shinji Mizushima, a famous manga artist, was selected as a chairman of the planning committee and Machiko Satonaka, a well-known female manga artist, was selected as a chairman of the administrative committee. The administrative office suggested a project outline and confirmed that they will organize forums and events related to environmental issues during the summit. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Life-long Education Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3184.

The Tale of Genji Website Updated

18 February 2007

The website of the Tale of Genji Millennium Project has been updated. To celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the Tale of Genji, the world’s first novel written in the Heian period by Murasaki Shikibu, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other organizations are cooperating to promote this memorial year. New content was recently added to the site including a Tale of Genji Walking Tour, a novel story outline (updated every week), and a weekly presention corner. Everyone will find interesting information about this romantic tale and historical period on this well organized website. For further information, contact the Tale of Genji Millennium Committee Office: Tel: 075-231-2008.

Kyoto City Mayor Election Day on February 17th

11 February 2007

February 17th was election day for the next mayor of Kyoto City. The votes were accepted from 7:00 to 20:00 (except for some areas) on that day. Citizens who could not vote on that day, were able to take advantage of early voting or absentee voting until February 16th at the local ward offices and branch offices. An electronic voting system was used in Kamigyo and Higashiyama wards for the first time. People in these wards were able to vote just by touching the name their chosen candidate on a screen. This election is very important to decide our new representatives. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Election Administration Committee: Tel: 075-241-9250.

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