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January 2012

Outline of Subsidy Program for Better Earthquake Upgrades of Wooden Residences Formulated
2 January 2012

Kyoto City has released a new outline of a subsidy program for earthquake upgrades.
This program aims to dramatically improve earthquake upgrades of wooden residences in the city by introducing better subsidy system.
The program is based on ideas and opinions from real carpenters and plasterers, and easy to understand for users. The application procedure is simple and cost burden is relatively lower.
This new program specifies upgrade construction plans which qualify for subsidization. More than one construction plan can be submitted. The city will provide 90% of the construction fee (maximum 600,000 yen). Advance checks of the earthquake resistance and earthquake-resisting design is not necessary making the processing time much shorter (generally it takes about 3.5 to 4.5 months). It is possible to start construction on the day of application.

The program will begin from April 2012. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Residence Policy Section: Tel: 075-222-3666.

Kyoto Sports Hall of Fame Award Presentation
9 January 2012

In January 2011, the city established the Kyoto Sports Hall of Fame to honor the achievements of top class athletes with connections to Kyoto. This month the second award ceremony was held at the Kyoto Concert Hall in Sakyo ward.
During the ceremony, Mr. Yaichi Mizuno, the former coach of Kyoto University American Football Club, and Mr. Kunishige Kamamoto, a former Japan national football team player, received individual awards. Kyoto Prefecture teams that participated in the annual All-Japan Inter-Prefectural Women's Relay Race received group awards.

The city will organize a lecture and sport lesson for citizens hosted by the awarded individuals and groups. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Sport Planning Section: Tel: 075-366-0168.

Western Gorilla Baby Born at the Kyoto City Zoo
16 January 2012

A Western Gorilla gave birth to a baby at the Kyoto City Zoo. This baby gorilla is the first child of the father, Momotaro, and the mother, Genki, who was also born at this zoo.
The number of wild Western Gorillas has been decreasing. It is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. This is the first gorilla baby born at a zoo in the 25 years.

The baby gorilla is being hand-raised by the zoo staff and can not be seen by the public. However, the baby’s condition is updated on the zoo’s website and notice board. Momotaro and Genki can still be seen by the public. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Zoo: Tel: 075-771-0210.

Try to Save on Electricity
16 January 2012

It is believed that the supply of electricity this winter will be even less than the amount available last summer. The city would like to ask all citizens to save electricity. For example, set electric heaters to below 20 degrees between 9:00 and 21:00. This is especially important from 18:00 onwards in private homes. Thank you for understanding and try to save as much electricity as possible. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Global Warming Provision Section: Tel: 075-222-4555.

“Relief & First-Aid Stations” Expanded throughout City
23 January 2012

Kyoto City will expand the “Relief & First-Aid Station” project throughout the city. This project aims to provide accident facilities throughout the city. Initially, only some part of the city were designated for this project.
Shopping arcades, convenience stores, souvenir shops and other places in the city where many citizens and tourists frequent have been certificated as “Relief & First-Aid Stations.” When someone is suddenly taken ill, a designated station manager will deal with the case promptly.
Certificated locations will be indicated by a registered sticker. Each station has a first aid kit, a communication assistance sheet for foreigners in 4 languages, and detailed instructions on how to administer first-aid treatment properly and promptly.

About 1500 places will be certificated in 157 shopping arcades and 65 tourist areas by the end of this year. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Fire Department Section: Tel: 075-212-6628.

No-Smoking Areas Expanded
30 January 2012

From February 1st, 2012, Kyoto City has expanded its street-level no-smoking zones.
A number of central city areas have been designed as “No-smoking areas” since June 2008. If one is caught smoking on the street in these areas, a 1,000-yen will be levied. As a result, smoking on the street has largely decreased in the designated areas and also in neighboring areas.
The city has decided to expand the no-smoking areas to inform citizens that smoking on the street is dangerous. The newly added areas are around Kyoto Station, Kiyomizu Temple, and Gion. After February 1st, smoking in these areas will be strictly prohibited and violators will be fined. This includes be caught holding a lit cigarette.

The city hopes to make a better and more comfortable city for both smokers and non-smokers. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Life Safety Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3193.

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