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January 2009

Kyoto City Fire Department New Year’s Ceremony

26 January 2009

On January 11, 2009, the annual New Year’s event of the Kyoto City Fire Department (Dezome-shiki Ceremony) was held at Kyoto Kaikan in Okazaki, Sakyo ward.
This event is held every year to pray for safety and security and no fires in the new year. About 3,000 people including the fire department staff and citizens joined the event and performed fire extinction drills and parades.
In the ceremony, the Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Kadokawa made a speech. “We had 198 fire cases in the city in 2008. This is 33 cases less than the year before and the least number of fire cases in a single year for Kyoto since we records have been kept. I highly honor that this is achieved by everyday effort of all citizens to prevent fire cares together.” After the speech, the local fire department staffs, voluntary citizen group and local children group paraded in the area.
In addition, beautiful color guard performance, basic fire extinction practice, rescue drills for collapsed houses by the student groups, water discharge using a small pump and other demonstrations were held.
On the same day, an earthquake experience corner and household fire alarm exhibition corner were set up in Okazaki Park and people learned the importance of disaster prevention. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Fire Department: Tel: 075-212-6623.

Machikado Bicycle Parking

19 January 2009

Kyoto City has newly created Machikado bicycle parking spaces. Three are on the south side of Oike Street and one in the Shinkyogoku Park.
This is one of the experimental promotions for the “Enjoy City Walking Project” which promotes walking in the central area of the city surrounded by the main streets: Shijo, Kawaramachi, Oike and Karasuma.
The experiment will be held until March 8 at Shinkyogoku Park and until March 31 at Oike Street. During the term, the city will also research the reality of public transportation and parking availability related to bicycles.
The parking spaces are open 24 hours. The first hour is free of charge and the next 2 hours are 100 yen. After that 50 yen will be added on every hour. The area around the Shinkyogoku Park will become a pedestrian road sometimes during the day. Please don’t ride bicycle here during that period. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Aruku-machi Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3483.

New Kyoto City Zoo Framework

12 January 2009

Kyoto City has decided to make a framework for a new Kyoto City Zoo.
As the facilities in the zoo have been aging after over 100 years since its opening, the city will modernize the entire facility.
The theme for the restoration is “a zoo with friendliness and fun”. First, the committee will be organized by citizens and the city will collect opinions from citizens, including children, to create excellent new style zoo.
Before the launching of the framework, the new entrance to the zoo will be put into place (before the spring holiday season). The new entrance will be a 5-min. walk from subway Keage Station. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Zoo: Tel: 075-771-0210.

Mr. Toshihide Masukawa Received Kyoto City Honorary Citizen Award

11 January 2009

The Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Kadokawa announced the awarding of the Kyoto City Honorary Citizen Award to Mr. Toshihide Masukawa on the day the Hitozukuri Forum was held February 14 at the Kyoto International Conference Center.
Mr. Masukawa, a professor of Kyoto Sangyo University, received the Nobel Prize for Physics in December 2008. His feat showed the strength of Kyoto to the world as a city of academic research. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Secretariat Section: Tel: 075-222-3066.

Practical Provision Training for New Type Influenza Held

4 January 2009

Kyoto City recently held practical provision training for a new type of influenza. Currently, it has been reported that some bird influenza strains have affected people in Southeast Asian countries. More than 60% of the people lost their lives from the infection. Specialists worry that the bird influenza could suddenly mutate and becomes a new type of influenza can move from human to human.
The training this time is a safety provision for how to react if and when the new type influenza occurs.
Under the assumption that the new type influenza would spread worldwide and that Kyoto City has one infected person and other possible infected people, people trained at Kyoto City Hospital on the city's checkup system, the creation of a clinic for infected suspicious patients, emergency transportation of the patients, etc.
The city will improve cooperation among medical care centers and hospitals to promptly respond to this new type influenza. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Medial Care Section: Tel: 075-222-3421.

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