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April 2012

Guardian of Adult Support Center Opened
2 April, 2012

Kyoto City has opened the Adult Guardian Support Center on the 4th floor of the Hito Machi Koryu-kan Kyoto (community facility) on April 1st, 2012 (on the east side of Kawaramachi street, south of Gojo, Shimogyo ward).
The center aims to promote the usage of a “Guardian of Adult System*” which protects and supports mentally disabled adult people with dementia and disorders of the mind.

*Guardian of Adult System: Guardians help people who don’t have normal cognitive capacities due to mental disorders such as dementia when dealing with property management and other important contacts.
The center is open from 9:00 to 21:30 except for the third Tuesday of the month, and closes at 17:00 on Sundays and national holidays.

For more information, contact the Guardian of Adult Support Center: Tel: 075-354-8815.

Second Child Welfare Center Opened
2 April, 2012

The city has opened the Second Child Welfare Center in Fukakusa Kagaya-cho, Fushimi Ward on April 2nd, 2012.
The center will improve the support system to deal with child abuse and children with developmental disorders, and will cover Minami and Fushimi Wards. Approximately one thirds of the city’s notification of child abuse and consulting request of children’s development disorders is from these 2 wards.
The center opens from 8:30 to 17:00 and is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and at the beginning and end of the year.

For more information, contact the Second Child Welfare Center: Tel: 075-612-2727.

New Subsidy Program for Earthquake Resistant Refurbishment of Wooden Residences Accepted from April 20th
9 April, 2012

From April 20th, 2012, Kyoto City has started to accept the new subsidy program for earthquake resistant refurbishment of wooden residences.
This subsidy program helps to improve the earthquake resistant properties of wooden residences with less financial burden. Seismic diagnosis is not necessary so that evaluation is finished within the day application is submitted.
Main refurbishments covered in the subsidy program are repairing degenerated groundwork and pillars, making roofs lighter by getting rid of soil used for roof tiles, installing earthquake resistance walls on the four corners of the building, reinforcing the floor, installing supports to give more earthquake resistance for the 1st floor, etc.. Some other optional construction plans are available including mending the outer wall, preventing termite attack, and so on.
The subsidy provides 90% of expense of each refurbishment work. Combinations of several refurbishment works are accepted but the subsidy covers up to 600,000 yen maximum. For details, get a pamphlet at the Kyoto City Residence Earthquake Resistance Support Center, ward office and branch office, or visit the city’s website. Applications are accepted from April 20th.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Residence Earthquake Resistance Support Center: Tel: 075-644-5874.

Installation Support of Residential Solar Energy Generation Facility 2012 Started
16 April, 2012

To expand utilization of environmentally friendly solar energy, Kyoto City has largely expanded a subsidy program to increase residential solar power generation this year. In addition, a new subsidy support for installation of solar heat utilization system has also been started.
The “Solar Energy Generation System” is a facility that generates electricity from sunlight. The city will provide subsidies to approximately the first 2,370 households which install this system. The household can receive 20,000 yen per generating 1 kilowatt (maximum 4 kilowatts will be accepted).
The “Solar Heat Utilization System” is a facility that utilizes collected solar heat for hot water supply and air conditioning. Approximately, the first 50 households can receive 50,000 yen or 100,000 yen per facility depending on the device.
In addition a new subsidy for installing a “Storage System” will start in early May. The “Storage System” can store electricity generated by solar power generation to use during night time and in emergencies. Approximately, the first 20 households can receive one third of installation costs covered (maximum 500,000 yen).
All subsidy systems are applicable to facilities installed between April 1st 2012 and March 20th, 2013. Advance application is required. The application of the facility which was installed in April can be accepted until June 29th. Application form is available at the city’s Global Warming Provision Promotion Section.

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

Name of Childcare Allowance Changed
23 April, 2012

In accordance to a change in law, the name of city’s childcare allowance has changed from “Kodomo Teate” to “Jido Teate” from April 2012. The childcare allowance is a social allowance system for a better child care situation to provide financial aid related to raising children.
Limitations of children to receive the allowance and amount of money provided is the same as the previous allowance system which was applicable from October 2011 to March 2012. However, the new allowance has an income limitation. In the case of a family of two parents and two children, the family can receive 5,000 yen per child after June if either of the parent’s income is over 9.6 million yen a year.
Parents or foster parents who are registered as citizens of Kyoto City can apply for this allowance. Guardians of minors, people designated as guardians when parents live abroad, owners of orphanages can apply for the allowances as well. If parents are under discussion of divorce, the parent who lives with the child can apply for the allowance.
No application is necessary for families that already receive the allowance. People who need to apply for the allowance should submit an application form provided at their Kyoto City Local Welfare Section, ward offices and branch offices.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Local Welfare Section: Tel: 075-251-1123.

“Walking City Kyoto Traffic Barrier-free Whole Plan” Formulated
30 April, 2012

Kyoto City has recently formulated a “Walking City Kyoto Traffic Barrier-free Whole Plan.”
This plan promotes the “Walking City Kyoto” project. In the project, Kyoto City tries to promote barrier-free zones in public transportation systems including subway station, bus terminals and other traffic-related facilities to provide batter and safer environment for citizens.
Particularly important areas which have more than 3,000 users a day on average are elected in the plan (shown below with * marks). The city will formulate additional plans in each area cooperating with national governments, Kyoto Prefecture and railway companies to have further promotions and to achieve a barrier-free society.

*Designated important areas and facilities
JR West: Uzumasa, Fujinomori, Momoyama, Nishioji Station
Keihan Railways: Fukakusa Station
Hankyu Railways: Omiya, Kamikatsura, Arashiyama, Matsuo, Saiin Station
Keifuku Railways: Sai Station
The city has also set numerical targets about barrier-free zones for all stations and traffic-related facilities by the end of March 2021. The city will also provide more information and services based on universal design.

More information about the project is released in a pamphlet available at city hall, ward offices and branch offices or visit the city’s website.

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

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