“Kyoto City Municipal Government Report” Issued
5 September 2011
Kyoto City has issued its latest “Kyoto City Municipal Government Report.”
This booklet is published about every four years. The report includes information about city developments and achievements together with pictures, illustrations and graphs.
As well as the city’s municipal measures and projects, the report also introduces interviews with people who actively work hard with the city to improve and develop the city’s situation. A map which indicates the city’s main projects is also included.
The report is available free of charge at the City Hall, ward offices and branch offices. The same information is also available on the city’s website.
A copy of the report can also be mailed to your home. Send a 290 yen postal stamp with your address and name to the Kyoto City Municipal Development Sections (Zip code: 604-8571).
For more information, contact the Kyoto City Municipal Development Section: Tel: 075-222-3034.
Business-Academic-Administrative Joint Implementation of “Development of Collecting Biomass from Waste and Ethanol Conversion Technology”
12 September 2011
Kyoto City has recently announced the start of the “Development of Collecting Biomass from Waste and Ethanol Conversion Technology” project in collaboration with Hitachi Zosen Corporation and Kumamoto University.
This is the first project of this size in Japan. It aims to produce large amounts of ethanol by fermenting raw waste and paper waste collected in the city. A single ton of waste can produce about 60 liters of ethanol. Verification tests will be held in a test facility in the city and the city hopes to have the project up and running by 2013.
Kyoto City has developed environmentally friendly regenerated energy in the past, for example, the production of biodiesel fuel from used food oil. The city will continue to pursue innovative developments to reduce greenhouse gases as a way to slow global warming.
For more information, contact the Kyoto City Facility Management Section: Tel: 075-212-9820.
Aid for Earthquake Retrofits of Wooden Residences Expanded
20 September 2011
Kyoto City is now providing the aid for earthquake retrofits of wooden residences and traditional machiya townhouses.
In the Hanshin Awaji Earthquake in January 1995, about 90% of victims were crushed to death by collapsed buildings.
To provide secure living environment in the event of large earthquakes, the city has expanded the amount of aid available for earthquake retrofits. Starting from August up to 300,000 yen has been added to the previous amount of aid for earthquake retrofits of wooden residences and machiya townhouses proven to have low earthquake resistance. Depending on the age of the building and the renovation scale, between 600,000 to 1,600,000 yen will be provided to retrofit a single building.
Advance application is necessary to receive the aid. For details, please contact the Kyoto City Sumai Earthquake Resistance Support Section (1F of Minami Karasuma Municipal Residence, 35-6 Higashi Kujo Karasuma-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto).
For 2,000-yen owners can have a specialist assess their building's earthquake resistance. It is recommended to complete this service before applying for retrofit aid.
For more information, contact the Kyoto City Sumai Earthquake Resistance Support Section: Tel: 075-644-5874.
Child Allowance Payment Amount Changed
26 September 2011
The city will change child allowance payment starting in October.
Children younger than high school age are eligible for this allowance. All children living in Japan under 3 years of age are eligible to receive 15,000 yen per month. The third child under junior high school age are eligible to receive the same amount as well. The second child under the junior high school and children in the junior high school are eligible to receive 10,000 yen per month.
Parents or rearers of children who registered as the citizens of Kyoto City, underage guardians, deputy parents in case of the parents live out of Japan, and managers of children’s nursing home can apply for the child allowance. If the parents live separately, the parent live with the child can apply.
All people wishing to receive the child allowance must apply after October. People currently receiving the allowance will receive the application form after October 17th by mail. People who wish to receive the allowance after October 1st need to get an application form at the following places.
- Child Care Section in the Kyoto City Local Welfare Section
(3F of Imon Meiji Yasuda Seimei Building, 566-1 Toraya-cho, Karasuma-dori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto)
- Ward offices and branch offices
- Keihoku detached office
For more information, contact the Child Care Section in the Kyoto City Local Welfare Section: Tel: 075-251-1123.