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July 2012

Cooperation to Save Electricity Wanted
2 July 2012

Kyoto City needs cooperation from all citizens to save electricity. Electricity supply will be critical situation this summer in the management areas of Kansai Electricity Power Corporation. To prevent huge disruptions in citizen’s lives and business activities in the city, the city has set four basic plans to work on saving electricity.
The city will try to save more than 15% electricity consumption compared to 2010. On weekdays from 9:00 to 20:00 between July 2nd to September 7th, especially please consider saving electricity between 13:00 and 16:00 when the demand of electricity increases. However too much restriction may cause health disorders like a heart attack. Take the proper provisions in advance by taking enough water, wearing proper clothing and taking enough rest. Kyoto City has opened a “portal website” which introduces efficient ways of saving electricity. We hope to have much cooperation from all citizens.

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

“Miyako Station Mist” Started
9 July 2012

“Miyako Station Mist” has started from July 1st, 2012 at the Kyoto City Bus Terminal in front of the Kyoto Station Building.
The Miyako Station Mist is a special effect to cool down the heat during summer. The equipment was set as the part of the 100th anniversary celebration project of Kyoto City Public Transportation system and the water system service started. The mist can cool down the heat around the bus terminal and people waiting for the bus can feel better.
The mist equipment can efficiently evaporate mist water and uses vaporization heat to cool down the air. The equipment uses much less electricity than air conditioners, and is thus environmentally friendly. The mist is very delicate so will hardly make your clothes and body wet.
The mist equipment will be set at the Platform D in the terminal from 8:00 to 18:00 until September 30th. The mist is generated when temperature rises. Please try environmentally friendly cooling method using tap water.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Waterworks Department: Tel: 075-672-7709.

Improvement of Community Security Project Started
16 July 2012

Kyoto City has started “Improvement of Community Security Project” from July 2012. This project improves support systems for people who need extra support including elderly people living alone and physically challenged people. The city collects information about these people and utilizes it to provide better support.
Staff from the local support center and support centers for physically challenged people visit each household and check if they can provide information to the city and other organizations before submitting the information.
After agreement, social workers and staff from social welfare organizations share information and utilize it to secure better living environment for the people who need special support.
The collected information will be managed strictly & confidentially and will never be used for any other purposes.

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

Ball Sport Stadium in Yoko-oji Sport Park
23 July 2012

Kyoto City is now trying to promote itself as the site for the new ball sport stadium which Kyoto Prefecture plans to construct.
This stadium will be able to host football, rugby and other top level ball sports as well as to serve as a center of city’s sport promotion. Kyoto City will propose Yoko-oji Sport Park in Fushimi Ward as a candidate site.

Advantages to host this stadium in Yoko-oji Sport Park are:

  1. Anticipate and accommodate a stable number of audience
  2. Closely located from convenient public transportation systems
  3. Promote a new attraction to the southern part of Kyoto City
At the moment, Kyoto Prefecture established a group of specialists to investigate five candidate sites and will make the final decision this autumn. Kyoto City has launched the “Attracting promotion team” to make the best effort to achieve to host this new ball game stadium in the city.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Sport Promotion Section: Tel: 075-366-0168.

Basic Plan of Kyoto Kaikan Hall Renovation Completed
30 July 2012

Kyoto City has recently completed a basic plan for renovation of Kyoto Kaikan Hall. The Kyoto Kaikan Hall in Okazaki, Sakyo Ward, was opened in 1960 and has served as the city’s cultural center for over 50 years. However, the aging of the facilities and lack of modernization were claims in recent years.
To solve this issue and make the hall reborn as the city’s cultural center, Kyoto City made a basic plan for renovations in June 2011. Based on this renovation plan, the city collected opinions and suggestions from citizens and specialists including architects and performing art specialists, and made the basic design of the new building.
The new design includes rebuilding of whole First Hall to improve stage functions which enables the hall to host a wide variety of performances. Full renovation of the Second Hall will be also conducted to improve earthquake resistance and barrier-free functions. Construction of a multi-purpose studio for rehearsal and common space in the lobby are also included in the plan.
Detailed building designs will be finished by the end of 2012 and the city will try to complete construction in 2015.

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

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