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July 2008

Opinions from Citizen for the “Future City Creation Plan” (framework) for the Next 4 Years Wanted

28 July 2008

Kyoto City has made a framework for the “Future City Creation Plan” for municipal projects and economic reformation for the next 4 years. Now the city is collecting opinions about it. There are five key words in the plan: “Life”, “Environment”, “Wisdom”, “People” and “Renovation”. Based on these key words, the city will promote a wide range of projects in which both citizens and administrative will cooperate with each other. For example, the city has created a specific project barometer (Kyokan Shihyo), created more working places for handicapped people, and set up a schedule of Omusubi meetings, etc.
The city’s most important task is to improve the economy. New and thorough economical reformation will be undertaken for better future. For further information about the plan, see the pamphlet available from August 1st at City Hall or branch offices. The city will make the final plan in September after collecting opinions from citizens. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Municipal Project Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3035.

Utano Youth Hostel Re-opens

22 July 2008

On July 12th, 2008, the Utano Youth Hostel (Uzumasa Nakayama-cho, Ukyo Ward) was newly re-opened. On the day before the opening, an opening ceremony was held and the Mayor, Mr. Kadokawa made a speech. He said, “We would like to use this new Utano Youth Hostel as a center for welcoming people with the best comfort and hospitality. The new facility expresses the beauty and charm of Kyoto to the world.”
The new Utano Youth Hostel has several small-sized rooms which are suitable for family use. It also has a meeting room, Internet corner and other facilities for seminars and group meetings. The entire building is barrier free including minimum floor gaps and western style multi-functional toilets. Room rates are 3,300 yen to 4,000 yen per person (a 500 yen discount is available for people under 18). Anyone, even those that do have a youth hostel membership card, can stay at the hostel. Utano Youth Hostel is perfect for school excursions and youth projects. Fun events are also organized regularly at the hostel.
[room rates: per person/night]
3-6 people/room: adults: 3,300 yen; under 18: 2,800 yen
2 people/room: adults: 4,000 yen; under 18: 3,500 yen
For further information, contact the Kyoto City Tourism Planning Section: Tel: 075-222-4130.

The Mayor, Mr. Kadokawa, Holds the 2nd “Omusubi Meeting” with the Exchange Students

14 July 2008

On June 24th, the Mayor, Mr. Kadokawa, held the 2nd “Omusubi Meeting” with foreign exchange students at the Kyoto City International Community House in Okazaki, Sakyo Ward. These meetings are a way for the mayor to meet with local people. He wishes to listen to the voice of Kyoto citizens directly to understand and respond to their needs in his municipal administration. This time, he joined a meeting in which foreign exchange students studying in Kyoto exchanged opinions about Kyoto’s future. While enjoying a light meal in a casual and relaxing atmosphere, they talked about many things. The foreign students asked for administrative support to make their daily life easier or to make more opportunities to communicate with local Japanese people. Mr. Kadokawa told them, “Now we have about 4,500 foreign exchange students in the city. We will make every effort to support them as much as possible.” The city will organize an “Omusubi Meeting” about once a month to collect as much input from citizens as possible. For further information, contact the Kyoto City International Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3072.

The New JR Katsuragawa Station Will Open between Nishioji and Mukomachi Stations on Oct. 18, 2008

7 July 2008

On Oct. 18th, 2008, a new JR station will open between the present stations of Nishioji and Mukomachi. The new station is called Katsuragawa Station. To revitalize the southwest region of Kyoto City, the old site of the Kirin Beer Factory will be reconstructed as a station through a cooperative effort between Kyoto City and Kirin Holdings. It takes about 6 minutes to reach the new station from Kyoto Station.
At the same time, the city has spent about 2.6 billion yen in total to construct other facilities around the new station site including a walkway connecting the east and west side of the station, a bus and taxi terminal area, and a bike parking facility capable of holding 1,800 bikes. These facilities will all be open on Oct. 18th. The city will continue to cooperate with related organizations and companies to make the new station area fun and convenient. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Road Construction Section: Tel: 075-222-3577.

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