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October 2012

The Measurement of the Concentration of Individual Radioactive Material of Raw Water and Tap Water Started
1 October 2012

To provide safe water to the citizen, Kyoto City has started the concentration measurement of individual radioactive material for raw water and tap water and has improved the management system of water quality.
The city has taken the measurement of sum amount of beta rays emitted from a variety of objects every month from July 2012. From August 2012, the city introduced a new “germanium semiconductor detector” which enables to measure the concentration of individual radio active materials including radioactive form of iodine and cesium.
Previously the measurement was taken at only one location but the city also expanded the measurement locations to 13 including both raw water and tap water.
We have confirmed with this new device that both raw water and tap water in the city include no radioactive materials.
The result of measurement is released on the city’s website ( Kyoto City will keep working to provide a safe water supply to the citizens.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Water Plant 1st Section: Tel: 075-771-5380.

Disabled People Abuse Prevention Law Enacted
8 October 2012

On October 1st 2012, a new Disability People Abuse Prevention Law was enacted.
This law aims to prevent abuse of disabled people and regulates their protection and support in cooperation with the governmental and local related organizations. The law also specifies that every citizen is obliged to make a notice.
There are roughly three cases of abuse to disabled people. One of them is by the family or relatives, one is by staff of care houses and the other is by the employees. Content of abuse is classified to physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse, abandonment, economic abuse, etc.
It often happens that people with disabilities don’t have a sense that they are abused, so that it is very important that people around them carefully watch and notice the evidence.
There are some typical evidences of abuse, for example, people with injuries on their bodies, refusing to go to school, care houses or work places, wearing the same clothing all the time. If you notice anything, even it is small, please make a notify the authorities. You privacy will be protected.

[Consultation Desk]

  • Abuse by family or relatives
    Support section, protection support section, health care section at each ward office and branch office
  • Abuse by others
    Disability People Welfare Promotion Section (4F of City Hall)
*Privacy of counseling will be protected.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Disability People Welfare Promotion Section (Tel: 075-222-4161).

Higashioji Street Maintenance Framework Formulated
15 October 2012

Kyoto City has formulated the Higashioji Street framework to achieve “Fun Walking Street on Higashioji.” The framework includes basic maintenance plan and issues to be resolved.
Based on this framework, the city will renovate the area on Higashioji between Sanjo and Tofukuji including reducing the car lanes to provide safer and better traffic environment for pedestrians.
The area between Higashiyama Sanjo and Higashiyama Shichijo will take particular care to expand spaces for pedestrians to improve traffic safety.
The area between Higashiyama Shichijo and Tofukuji will improve traffic environment for pedestrians.
To achieve a safe and secure traffic environment, it is important for everyone (pedestrians, bicycle riders, drivers) to understand and keep the traffic rules and manners. The city will also promote utilizing public transportation by providing a Park & Ride campaign.

For more information about the framework, visit the city’s website. ( Or contact the Kyoto City Walking City Kyoto Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3483.

Cooperation for Reducing Amount of Household Garbage
22 October 2012

Kyoto City has been making various effort to reduce amount of household garbage to 50% since 2001. In that year, the amount of household garbage reached its peak.
The city has had certain progress but the amount of household garbage increased last year.
About 40% of household garbage is kitchen garbage and about 30% is paper waste. It is important to try to reduce both types of garbage.
Some of the tips to reduce kitchen garbage are not to buy extra food and use all food without making waste, to try to contrive efficient cooking methods to use all ingredients up, and to drain water from the garbage to reduce weight.
To reduce paper waste, not only newspapers and magazines, but also cardboard, flyers, postcards and other paper materials are all recyclable. Please don’t throw paper away as household garbage but give them to local garbage collection traders and public facilities.
The city asks for cooperation from all citizens to reduce the amount of household garbage.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Circulative Society Planning Section: Tel: 075-213-4930.

Ceremony Held to Commemorate the Establishment of Kyoto as a Municipality
29 October 2012

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. October 15th was enacted as the Day of Municipality Establishment and every year, a ceremony is held on this day to commemorate the founding of the city.
At the beginning of the ceremony this year, Ms. Yuki Ikenobo, the next iemoto (head of the school) of Ikenobo, performed ikebana with music by the Kyoto City Symphony Orchestra.
Then the Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Daisaku Kadokawa, made a speech and noted, “We would like to express our gratitude to our citizens who have made a large contribution to the city, and it is our treasure that having people like you with ‘love for the local community’ and ‘charms as person’.”
After the speech, the Special Medal of Honor was given to Mr. Makoto Nagao, the former chairman of Kyoto University, for his large contribution to promote “City of University, Kyoto.”
Also Special Achievement Awards were given to many individuals and groups including organizers of Kyoto Marathon 2012 and National Cultural Festival, group contributing to international exchange with Zagreb and Kiev, and promoting “Kyoto City Citizen’s Charter for Children,” etc. In total, 770 people and 643 groups were honored for their achievements and contributions.

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

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