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March 2012

Spring Fire Prevention Week
5 March, 2012

March 1st to 7th is spring fire prevention week. There were 215 fire related incidents in the city in 2011 which is 45 cases more than the previous year. In total, 14 people died last year in fires; seven were elderly people over 65 years of age.
The air in March is dry and fires can start easily. Please make sure to take care in your home to prevent fire from starting.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Fire Department: Tel: 075-212-6672.

Support for People who Lost Houses by Fire and Other Disasters
5 March, 2012

Kyoto City provides support, in cooperation with real estate agents, helping people whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by fire to find new places to live.
People who need this support can get all the necessary information to find a house at the housing information center including the number of houses equipped with furniture and electric appliances, introductions to real estate agents that deal with houses requiring no deposit, introductions to public residences, etc. The city also provides city-housing free of charge where people can live temporarily while they are looking for a new house or their house is being repaired. This support system helps disaster victims find new houses and feel secure.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Disaster Victim Housing Information Center: Tel: 075-223-0750.

Kyoto City Bus Timetable Changed
12 March, 2012

The Kyoto City Traffic Bureau has changed city bus timetables (from March 14th) to improve overall transportation convenience for citizens. Bus services have been increased on some lines.
For example, a new shuttle bus service will be available between Kyoto Station and Kyoto Aquarium which opened in March in Umekoji Park in Shimogyo Ward. Some bus lines connecting main traffic points (Keihan Shichijo Station, Hankyu Omiya Station, subway and JR Nijo Station) and Umekoji Park will be also added to provide better transportation.
The service frequency of one of the Raku Bus lines, #100 (connecting Kyoto Station and the Higashiyama area), and #205 (connecting Kyoto Station and the Kinkakuji area) have been increased. For improved convenience, the service frequency of some of the lines running on Kawaramachi Street will be increased (to every 3-4 minutes) on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The new timetables are posted at every bus stop in the city and on the traffic bureau’s website.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Bureau Vehicle Transportation Section: Tel: 075-863-5132.

Demonstration Experiment Undertaken to Create Walking Space on Narrow Streets in Central Kyoto
19 March 2012

Kyoto City is currently undertaking a demonstration experiment to create safe and comfortable walking space on narrow streets in the central area of the city.
This is one of the main projects that city designed in January 2010 to promote “Walking City Kyoto” and “Achieve a Reduced-Car Traffic Society.”
The experiment is being carried out on an 800-meter stretch around the Takakura Elementary School in Nakagyo Ward. Existing pavement markings will be redrawn and the pavement area will be expanded. Lanes for bicycles will be added in car lanes allowing bicycle riders to stay to the left of the road. To achieve these changes car lanes will be narrowed; this will also slow traffic down.
The demonstration experiment was in effect until March 22. The city will discuss how to introduce the “Walking City Zone” idea to the downtown core of the city, bordered by Shijo, Kawaramachi, Oike and Karasuma, after April 2012.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Walking City Kyoto Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3483.

Mega Solar Power Plant Installation Operator Chosen
26 March, 2012

Kyoto City has recently chosen the companies that will install a giant solar power plant on reclaimed land in Mizutare in Fushimi Ward. Three companies were selected: SB Energy Corporation, KYOCERA Solar Corporation and KYOCERA Communication Systems Co., Ltd..
Solar power is unlike fossil fuels like oil, and is an environmentally friendly power source and fits perfectly with the city's plans to developed sustainable energy resources. The city looked for the operators of installation and management of the solar power plant since February 2012.
Definition of mega solar power plant is the plant which is capable to generate more than 1 megawatt maximum instantaneous. This time the city installs two mega solar power plants and these new plants will be able to generate more than 2 megawatts, enough to power 1000 households for a year.
One of the plants will be available in July 2012. The other one will come online in September 2012. Kyoto City will continue to promote sustainable energy initiatives and this new solar power plant will serve as a good promotion tool.

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

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