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January 2011

Electric Bus Trial and Monitors Wanted
4 January 2011

Kyoto City and Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Ltd. have cooperated to set up an electric bus service for Kyoto which will go into trial use in February.
This is one of the city’s projects to promote an environmentally friendly city and also includes the promotion of electric cars as well. The Japanese national government will pay for the trial service. Now the city is looking for monitors to answer questionnaires about the electric bus.
The trial will take place from February 10th to 16th (but not on the 13th). The electric buses will depart from City Hall and will run two courses: a 5.5 km course via Oike and Gojo Street, and a 7 km course. Each run will take about 45 minutes and there will be 5 runs on each day for both services.

The monitors must be Kyoto City citizens or people who commute to Kyoto City. Each trial run can carry up to 20 monitors. People who wish to be monitors on these trial bus runs need to call the Kyoto Itsudemo Call Center (Tel: 075-661-3755) to make a reservation by January 21st.

Kyoto Marriage Hunting 2010 Held
11 January 2011

Kyoto City has organized “Kyoto Marriage Hunting 2010” in cooperation with the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This event offered opportunities for people who wish to get married but have not found a suitable partner.
The city’s unmarried rate and average age of first marriage are both above the nationwide average and this has proven to lead to a lower birthrate. This event was designed to solve this problem.
During the event, a member of the city’s education board, Ms. Fumiko Okuno, who was selected as the “Partner of the Year,” hosted a talk show about “Marriage.” After the talk show, the 200 people who joined the event separated into groups and enjoyed strolling in the Okazaki area, stopping at the Kyoto City Zoo, museums and Heian Shrine. After the walk, a party was organized to let the participants get to know each other better.
The number of applicants who wished to join this event far exceeded the capacity and the city had to decline the applications. Based on this result, the city will organize more marriage hunting events for the next year to provide opportunities for people to meet each other.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Workfare & Youth Section (Tel: 075-222-3089) or the Children & Families Section (Tel: 075-251-2380).

Kyoto Sports Hall of Fame Established
17 January 2011

At the first press meeting for this year on January 4th, the Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Daisaku Kadokawa, announced that the city has established the Kyoto Sports Hall of Fame to honor the achievements of top class athletes with connections to Kyoto. This time three people were awarded.
The first person was Mr. Yoshio Yoshida. Yoshida was born in Kyoto and was a professional baseball player with the Hanshin Tigers. After his retirement, he also coached the team. Yoshida was also elected as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame of Japan.
The second person was Mr. Sachio Kinugawa. Kinugasa started to play baseball when he was a student at Rakuto Higashi Junior High School in Kyoto. He played as a professional baseball player for the Hiroshima Carp team. He has also received the People's Honor Award of Japan and the Kyoto Medal of Honor.
Third person was Mr. Nobuharu Asahara. Asahara was the bronze medal winner of the relay race in the Beijing Olympic Games. He lives in Kyoto now and actively works to nurture young track and field athletes.
The city will set up a room in the Sport Kaikan Hall in the Nishikyogoku Sport Park to introduce the achievements of these honored people. Also the city will organize a lecture and sport lesson for citizens hosted by the awarded athletes.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Sport Planning Section: Tel: 075-366-0168.

Kyoto City’s Fire Department Dezome-shiki Ceremony
24 January 2011

On January 9, 2011, the annual New Year event of the Kyoto City Fire Department (Dezome-shiki Ceremony) was held in front of Kyoto Kaikan in Okazaki, Sakyo ward.
This event is held every year to pray for safety and security, and a new year without fires. About 2,800 people, including Fire Department staff and citizens, joined the event.
During the ceremony, the Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Kadokawa made a speech, saying, " I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to all of the people, including members of the Fire Department, voluntary fire prevention group, citizens, companies and all other groups and organizations who have made an effort to sustain Kyoto as a safe and secure city.” After the speech, local voluntary fire prevention groups, a children’s fire fighter group and student group performed fire extinction drills and parades.
The number of fires in the city in 2010 was 170, which is 16 less than the previous year which marked the lowest number of fires since the inauguration of the Kyoto City Fire Department in 1948.
The everyday efforts of ordinary people are more important that anything in fire prevention. We highly appreciate your continued cooperation.

For further information, contact the Kyoto City Fire Department: Tel: 075-212-6629.

Opinions from Citizens for the “Revitalization Vision of Okazaki Area” Wanted
31 January 2011

Kyoto City has released an interim report for the “Revitalization Vision of Okazaki Area” and is now collecting feedback from citizens.
The Okazaki area is home to many natural and historical properties including the Lake Biwa Canal, Kyoto Kaikan Hall, museums, cultural exchange centers, temples and shrines.
This project is developing ideas to revitalize the Okazaki area by making better use of its various cultural properties, and how to develop the area, based on the motto “Okazaki in the world: to meet people and real culture”, over the next 10 years.
Opinions from the citizens will be accepted until February 10, 2011 (must arrive by that day). For further information, get a booklet distributed at city hall, ward offices and branch offices or visit the city’ s website.
The city will decide the final vision of the project by March 2012 based on citizen input.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Project Section: Tel: 075-222-4178.

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