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June 2011

City’s Supplementary Budget for 2011 Formulated
6 June 2011

Kyoto City Tohoku Earthquake supplementary budget (31 billion yen) has been approved by the city council. The supplementary budget aims to support restoration related to the Tohoku Earthquake, to support medium or small sized companies in the city which suffered damage from the earthquake, and to support tourism in Kyoto.
The supplementary budget has four core themes: “Support for the devastated area,” “Acceptance of and support for victims,” “Economic support” and “Increased disaster prevention measures.”
“Support for the devastated area”: Kyoto City will send city staff members to the devastated area to deliver aid from the Kyoto citizens. Also the city will offer support to volunteers.
“Acceptance of and support for victims”: The city set up the Earthquake support call center and offers private housing free of charge to victims.
“Economic support”: The city supports companies which suffered damage in the earthquake, employs victims, provides subsidies to damaged medium and small sized companies, and distributes security and tourist information overseas.
“Increased disaster prevention measures”: The city will undertake a thorough check of the city’s disaster prevention measures and reconsider local disaster prevention plans.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Financial Section: Tel: 075-222-3291.

2011 Kyoto City Citizen’s Charter Promotion Award Ceremony
13 June 2011

On June 2nd, the 2011 award ceremony for people who promoted the Kyoto City Citizen’s Charter was held at the Kyoto Kaikan in Okazaki, Sakyo ward.
The Kyoto City Citizen’s Charter was enacted in 1956 by the citizens of Kyoto. Since then it has played an important role for Kyoto citizens.
During the ceremony, everyone sang the Kyoto City anthem, and the students of the Kyoto University of Arts played celebratory music.
In the award ceremony, 133 individuals and 17 groups were awarded for their long-term contributions, including cleaning the local community, protecting children, etc..
Let’s continue to respect the Kyoto City Citizen’s Charter to make Kyoto a more comfortable city to live in.

For further information, contact the Kyoto City Publicity Section: Tel: 075-222-3094.

Small Home Electrical Appliances and Other Materials Added to the List of Collectable Recycled Goods
20 June 2011

To promote resource recycling, Kyoto City collects used paper packs and food oils at some locations in the city.
From June 1st, 2011, six new items of recyclable goods were added including liquid silver thermometers, disposable lighters, and ink cartridges. These items are collected at the Eco Machi Station in each ward office and branch offices, and at the Kamigyo Recycle Station.
Thirty four small home electrical appliances have also been added to the list of collectable recycled goods (from the June 1st). These include mobile phones, digital cameras, home video game machines, remote controllers, hair dryers, car navigations. These items will be collected at 50 locations including city hall, ward offices, branch offices, and supermarkets in the city.
Illegal dumping is strictly banned. Large-sized electrical appliances, like TVs and fridges, must be brought to local electrical appliance stores. Please check and follow the rules.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Cleaning Promotion Section: Tel: 075-213-4960 or Circulative Planning Section: Tel: 075-213-4930.

Gion Bayashi Festival Music Performed in the Sendai Tanabata Festival
27 June 2011

The Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Kadokawa held a joint press conference with Mr. Yoshida, the chairman of the Gion Festival Yama Hoko Association, on the June 15th, 2011. He announced that music performers from Kyoto’s Gion Festival will join Sendai Tanabata Festival from the Aug. 6th to 8th.
This plan is one of many to show support for victims of the Tohoku Earthquake. About 40 music performers will be sent to Sendai and will play the Hiyori Kagura music used by the leading Naginata Hoko Float in the Gion Festival. The large umbrella decoration used on the Ayakasa Hoko Float and Komagata lanterns will also be sent to Sendai.
The Gion Festival started 1,100 years ago in Kyoto to pray for national peace and Gion Bayashi is a special kind of music played during the festival. The festival has experienced many disasters and crises during its long history but has always recovered and continued to thrive. Therefore joining the Sendai Tanabata Festival will show Kyoto’s hope and spirit for recovery from the disaster as well as commemorating the victims’ spirits.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Cultural Property Preservation Section: Tel: 075-761-7799.

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