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May 2011

“Earthquake Victim Support Project (temporary title)” Formulated
2 May 2011

Kyoto City has started to formulate a “Earthquake Victim Support Project.” This project will support companies and business owners who suffered major damage from the Eastern Japan Earthquake.
The Advanced Scientific Technology & Management Research Institute Kyoto and the Kyoto Senior Venture Club Union are participating in this project together with cooperation from various Kyoto economic groups and organizations.
The city has sent research team to the devastated area in Tohoku and collected opinions and information to better understand the reality there and what the city can do to help.
Based on the collected information, the city will introduce Kyoto-based companies which can help struggling companies in Tohoku. The city will give subside to these Kyoto companies.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Industry Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3324.

“Kyoto Mansai” Booklet Published
2 May 2011

Kyoto City has published a booklet called “Kyoto Mansai” which introduces locations in the city related to manga (comics) and anime.
The booklet includes 20 manga and anime works related to Kyoto and introduces relevant local attractions.
“Kyoto Mansai” is available (free of charge) at the Kyoto Tourist Information Center “Kyo-Navi” on the 2F of Kyoto Station Bldg., City Hall, ward and branch offices.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Commerce Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3340.

Citizen’s Activity Centers Opened
9 May 2011

Kyoto City has opened “Citizen’s Activity Centers” in 13 locations in the city.
These centers are used as a community space for activities, meetings, training, lectures, and presentations. Each center has meeting rooms and Japanese-style rooms and an information center.
The centers are open from 10:00 to 21:00 (until 17:00 on Sundays) and closed on Tuesdays and at the end and beginning of the year.
Meeting rooms, Japanese-style rooms and music rooms can be rented for 100 yen an hour. Large meeting rooms are 200 yen an hour, multi-purpose rooms and rooms with cooking facilities are 500 yen an hour. All rooms can be used free of charge until June 30th.
Applications for facility rental at each center will be accepted three months ahead of the requested rental time.

For details about the location of each center, contact the Kyoto City Local Creation Section: Tel: 075-222-3049 or visit the city’s website.

Kyoto City Global Warming Provision Plan Formulated
16 May 2011

Kyoto City has recently formulated the “Kyoto City Global Warming Provision Plan.” This basic plan, in accordance with the city’s global warming goals, outlines plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
By 2020, the city plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1 million tons, a reduction of 25% compared to 1990 levels.
To achieve this goal, the plan outlines several core themes: “Walking City Kyoto”, “Cherishing Wood Culture”, “Energy Creation and Local Circulation ” and “Garbage Reduction.” A reduction effect index will be calculated for each theme on a yearly basis.
To learn more about the Kyoto City’s global warming plans and goals, ask for a pamphlet at city hall, ward offices and branch offices, or visit the city’s website.

For details, contact the Kyoto City Global Warming Provision Section: Tel: 075-222-4555.

“Kotochika Oike” Opens in the Karasuma Oike Subway Station
23 May 2011

A new commercial facility called “Kotochika Oike” has opened in the Karasuma Oike subway station.
A “Daily Yamazaki” convenience store is located near the north ticket gate, and a Shizuya café & bakery in the north concourse. Daily Yamazaki is open from 7:00 until 22:00, and Shizuya from 7:00 until 21:00. An opening sale will be held until May 29th.

Come and visit Kotochika Oike. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Bureau Planning Section: Tel: 075-863-5068.

“Kyoto Subway Festival” Celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Kyoto City Subway
23 May 2011

This year the Kyoto City subway system celebrates the 30th anniversary. To celebrate this anniversary, the Kyoto Subway Festival was held on the May 29th.
The festival was held at three locations: the Takeda Vehicle Base near exit #2 of the Takeda subway station, Zest Oike in Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae subway station, and Oike Gallery at the north ticket gate of Karasuma Oike subway station.
During the festival visitors could see subway cars up close and buy special goods. A special present was offered to those who visited all three festival locations.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Bureau Train Sales Section: Tel: 075-863-5218.

Preferential Program for International Exchange Students
30 May 2011

Kyoto City has developed a “Preferential Program for International Exchange Students.” This program offers international exchange students studying in Kyoto special opportunities to experience and understand culture of Kyoto through participation in cultural events and programs.
One of the new programs for 2011 allows international exchange students to visit the Toei Movie Land free of charge four times a year. At Toei Movie Land they will learn about the history of Japanese movies, enjoy a tour guided by professional actors, and watch a ninja show.
This program will be offered this year on May 19th, July 21st, September 15th and November 17th. For more information, contact the Kyoto City International Promotion Section.
Kyoto City also promotes many other programs for international exchanges students, including the “Okoshiyasu Pass”. With this pass, international exchanges students can enter some cultural facilities in the city free of charge during certain periods. Other activities for international students include exchange parties. The city hopes to have 10,000 exchange students studying in Kyoto in the coming years.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City International Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3072.

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