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May 2012


“Savage Animal World” and New “Tapir House” Opened in the Kyoto City Zoo
7 May, 2012

On April 28th 2012, the “Savage Animal World” and “Tapir House” was newly opened in the Kyoto City Zoo in Okazaki, Sakyo Ward.
The Kyoto City Zoo has been taking renewal construction step by step and these two new facilities are part of the project. The first facility was opened last year in April as the new “Otogi no Kuni.” The whole renewal construction will be completed in the spring of 2016.
In the “Savage Animal World,” visitors can closely watch the active life of a variety of savage animals, for example, lions, tigers, jaguars, and so on. One of Japan’s endangered species the Tushima Wild Cat, newly joined the zoo and can only be seen at the Kyoto City Zoo in the Kansai region. The zoo will also try to preserve and breed the Tsushima Wild Cat species.
In addition, people can closely watch the life of parents and baby Brazilian tapirs in the new “TapirHouse.” The Kyoto City Zoo has been adding more attractions. Come and visit the zoo with your family and friends.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Zoo: Tel: 075-771-0210.



Conclude Agreement with AEON Co., Ltd. about Local Revitalization Cooperation
14 May, 2012

Kyoto City has concluded an agreement with AEON Co., Ltd. to develop local revitalization and improvement of services.
This agreement includes 7 main categories that the city and AEON aim to improve by cooperating with each other. Some of them are the promotion of art and culture, tourism and traditional industry, preservation and utilization of cultural properties and historical assets, the sales and promotion of Kyoto’s agriculture products, and more.
As the first step of this agreement, AEON released an e-money card called the “Kyoto Nijo Castle WAON.” Kyoto City can receive 0.1% of spent amount as a donation and the money will be used for the renovation of Nijo Castle.
Kyoto City will work together with AEON to develop further local revitalization and improvement of services.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Culture and Art Planning Section: Tel: 075-366-0033.



Conclude Agreement about Appointing Welfare Evacuation Center and Providing Supplies
21 May, 2012

Kyoto City has concluded agreements with related organizations in the city about appointing welfare evacuation centers and providing supplies for emergency cases.
The welfare evacuation center is a place that accepts people who need special care, including elderly and physically disabled people in emergency cases.
107 facilities are appointed as the welfare evacuation centers at this time. When an emergency occurs, Kyoto city requests to set evacuations in these places and sends certified care workers to secure the safety of people who need special care.
The city also agrees to provide supplies to the welfare evacuation centers preferentially.
The city will expand the number of welfare evacuation centers and create management guidelines to provide security and safety to all citizens.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Social Welfare Section: Tel: 075-222-3366.



Removable of Illegally-parked Bicycle Intensified
28 May, 2012

Kyoto City has intensified the removal of illegally-parked bicycles on the streets. Parking bicycles and motor bikes on the streets disturb pedestrians and traffic of emergency vehicles even if left for just a short time.
Removal of illegally-parked bicycles was conducted mainly on weekdays and Saturdays, but the city has started to conduct the removal on Sundays and national holidays. In addition, frequency of nighttime removal has increased.
Removed bicycles are kept at the city’s parking for a certain period of time. Getting back the bicycle requires a commission fee, ID, bicycle key or other thing to identify the owner of bicycle. The office is open from 10:30 to 18:00. Location of city’s parking is shown on the sign board where the bicycle was removed.
The city will try to provide a better and safer traffic environment. Improving the city by removal of illegally-parking bicycles is just one of the main projects in the plan.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Bicycle Policy Section: Tel: 075-222-3565.




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