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October 2011

Naming Rights for Kyoto Kaikan Hall Sold and Research Committee Launched
3 October 2011

Kyoto City has concluded a contract with ROHM Co., Ltd. for selling the naming rights for Kyoto Kaikan Hall in Okazaki, Sakyo Ward.
Since its opening in 1960, Kyoto Kaikan Hall has served as an important culture centre. However in recent years concerns have risen in relation to the centre's outdated facilities. The city has proposed a redevelopment plan to solve these problems.
The ROHM contract will provide private funds for the redevelopment of Kyoto Kaikan Hall and for the promotion of the performing arts. The fund is 5 billion yen and the contract period is 50 years after the opening day when redevelopment construction finished.
At the same time the city has established a research committee to determine the architectural value of the present hall. The committee consists of academic specialists, performing art technicians and local specialists. The committee will discuss the design of the first hall which will be completely rebuilt.
The committee will finish the basic plan by the end of 2011. Construction will take place between 2012 and 2014. Construction will be completed by the end of 2014.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Art & Culture Planning Section: Tel: 075-366-0033.

New Sick Children Care Service Started
11 October 2011

From October 3rd, Kyoto City has started a new child care day service for sick children. Sick children who can’t go to normal day care centers can be temporarily taken care at this hospital-run childcare center. This service was created to support households where both parents work outside full time. The service is available for infants and children up to 9 years of age.
This childcare center, called “Kodachi”, is located in the Adachi Hospital (Higashinotoin Nijo-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto). The childcare service is available from Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 18:00, except for national holidays and the end and beginning of the year. The center will accept up to three sick children per day. The cost is 2,000 yen per day per child (meals and other fees not included).

Advance reservations are necessary (Tel: 075-221-7577). For other details, contact the Kyoto City Childcare Section: Tel: 075-251-2390.

Illegally-parked Bicycle Holding Area Opened in Kuinabashi
17 October 2011

On October 1st, Kyoto City opened the new “Kuinabashi Bicycle Holding Area” in Takeda Nakajima-cho, Fushimi Ward, for illegally-parked bicycles.
The mayor of Kyoto and the governor of Kyoto had a meeting in 2009 concerning bicycles illegally parked along the Kamo River. The site was offered, free of charge, by Kyoto Prefecture.
Illegally-parked bicycles and motor bikes collected after October 1st near Kyoto Station, JR Tanbaguchi Station and Gojo subway station will be brought to this new holding area.
Bicycles and motor bikes collected before September 30th will be taken to the Fushimi Tsuchibashi Holding Space in Keisho-cho, Fushimi Ward.
To get back your bicycle or motor bike, ID is required as well as the payment of a fine (2,300 yen for bicycles and 4,600 yen for motor bike). The opening hours extend from 10:30 to 18:00, except for the end and beginning of the year. Detailed information about the holding space and return procedures is posted on a board in front of the facility.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Bicycle Policy Section: Tel: 075-222-3565.

Ceremony Held to Commemorate the Establishment of Kyoto as a Municipality
24 October 2011

Motivated to support their own local government, the citizens of Kyoto actively engaged in a movement to seek the right of self-government. On October 15, 1898, they finally elected their first mayor, and opened Kyoto City Hall. Every year, a ceremony is held on the October 15 at Kyoto Kaikan Hall in Okazaki, Sakyo Ward, to commemorate the founding of the city.
At the beginning of the ceremony this year, the Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Daisaku Kadokawa, made a speech and noted, “Local power and manpower are Kyoto’s most important resources.”
After the speech, the Kyoto Medal of Honor was given to Mr. Yasuhiko Murai, the former director of Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Mr. Hiroo Imura, the 22nd President of Kyoto University, and Mr. Atsushi Uemura, the former vice-president of the Kyoto City University of Art.
Also Special Achievement Awards were awarded to many individuals and groups active in formulating a basic future plan for Kyoto over the next decade, promoting the “city of universities and students, Kyoto” project, promoting the “walking city, Kyoto” plan, and contributing to international exchange with Guadalajara (30th friendship alliance anniversary) and with Florence (45th friendship alliance anniversary). In total, 1439 people and 608 groups were honored for their achievements and contributions.

For further information, contact the Kyoto City Secretariat Section: Tel: 075-222-3066

Opinions Requested for “For the Future! Miyako Plan” Enforcement Plan (Outline)
31 October 2011

The “For Future! Miyako Plan” is Kyoto City’s basic plan which outlines the city’s main project planned for the next 10 years.
The city is now summarizing an enforcement plan (outline) for the “For Future! Miyako Plan” and is requesting opinions from citizens.
This enforcement plan includes details on specific main projects planned between 2012 and 2015 and clearly shows expected financial revenues and expenditures for the “For Future! Miyako Plan.”
Details can be found in the citizen’s newspaper published on November 1st, in a booklet distributed at ward offices and branch offices, or on the city’s website. Opinions will be accepted until November 23rd.

Based on the opinions collected, the city will finalize the enforcement plan by the end of this year. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Policy Planning & Policy Inspecting Section: Tel: 075-222-3035.

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