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July 2010

“Chie Wisdom Silver Center” Launched
5 July 2010

Kyoto City started operation of the “Chie Wisdom Silver Center” from the July 1st.
This center aims to create motivation in life for elderly people and to activate local communities by supporting the interaction of groups of elderly people with experience and knowledge and group of local people who are looking for support from elderly people.
Information about elderly people groups is registered at the center and released online. When a request for support from a local welfare facility or group is made, the city will introduce an appropriate group to assist.
The group of the elderly people must be based in the city and everyone in the group should be 60 years of age or older. Registration and requests for support are accepted at the Choju Sukoyaka Center in Hito Machi Exchange Center (Kawaramachi Gojo-sagaru, Shimogyo Ward), welfare centers, and volunteer centers in each ward.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Chie Wisdom Silver Center Office: Tel 075-354-8741.

New Amur Tiger Baby Born
12 July 2010

A pair of Amur tigers reared in the Kyoto City Zoo has produced three new baby tigers. Those are the first babies for the parents, Victor (father) and Aoi (mother), and the first tiger babies to be born in the last 15 years at the Kyoto City Zoo.
The number of wild Amur tigers has been decreasing and it is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
To allow the parents rear the babies in a secure and relaxed environment, the babies can not be seen by the public directly at the moment but only on a large video screen.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Zoo: Tel: 075-771-0210.

Kyoto City Bus Eco Summer Project in Operation
12 July 2010

The Kyoto City Transportation Bureau will once again operate the annual “City Bus Eco Summer” project during the summer holiday period. If passengers say “eco summer” when getting off, and fares for up to two children per adult will be free of charge.
The period of the project is between July 20th and August 31st. Use city buses during the summer holidays and be environmentally friendly.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Transportation Bureau: Tel: 075-863-5065.

Award Presented to Daisuke Matsui, Japan’s National Soccer Team Member in the FIFA World Cup
20 July 2010

Kyoto City announced that the “Kyoto City Sport Award” will be presented to Daisuke Matsui who made a great contribution in the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010. The award ceremony was held on the July 9th.
This award is given to athletes who stand out in the international matches including Olympic Games and other world championship events.
The ceremony was held at Kyoto's Oyake Elementary School in Yamashina Ward which Matsui attended as a boy. Students celebrated Matsui’s achievement and the Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Kadokawa made a speech and gave the award to Matsui.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Sport Promotion Section: Tel: 075-366-0169.

“Kyo” Traditional Japanese Clothing and Traditional Craft Studio Opened
20 July 2010

On June 25th, Kyoto City has opened a new center for Kyoto’s traditional crafts called the “Kyo” Traditional Japanese Clothing and Traditional Craft Studio on the 3rd floor of the Nishijin Textile Center (Horikawa Imadegawa-sagaru, Kamigyo Ward) in cooperation with Kyoto Prefecture and the Nishijin Textile Industrial Association.
In this craft studio, experienced craftsmen demonstrate their techniques to visitors. Nishijin textile weaving and Yuzen textile hand painting are among the craft techniques that will be demonstrated.
The studio opens every day from 10:00 to 16:00, except for the end and beginning of the year. Entry is free of charge so please come and visit this new studio.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Traditional Craft Section: Tel: 075-222-3337.

Account Settlement of the 2009 Transportation Project 2009 Released: Subway Income Moved into Black for the First Time (cash income)
26 July 2010

On July 15th, Kyoto City released an overview of the account settlement for the city subway and bus service in 2009. Though the number of passengers for both subway and bus slightly decreased due to the influenza and other effects, the system's overall financial management situation improved.
For subway services, one of the reasons for this improvement was the active use of station areas for new businesses. Reducing the number of personnel was another reason. This is the first time since 1981, the year city’s subway service began, that subway income was in the black (cash income only).
The city bus service also reported income in the black for the 7th year in a row due to a reduction in personnel.
Both the subway and bus financial situation still has a large cumulative capital deficit. However the city will try to improve the figures by reducing costs and increasing the number of passengers.
In the late September, a new shopping space will be opened in Shijo Station. The name of the space was recently officially named “Koto-Chika”. “Koto” means old capital (Kyoto) and “Chika” means underground.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Transportation Bureau: Tel: 075-863-5068.

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