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August 2012


“KYOTO ECO MONEY” Started
6 August 2012

Kyoto City has recently started the KYOTO ECO MONEY project. This project aims to cherish what we have not and to try to change over from disposal lifestyle.
Until November 30th, 2012, if you bring your own bottle to coffee chain stores in the city and buy a drink, 1 point is saved by every drink. When you save 10 points, the points can be exchanged with some goods.
About 90 shops in the city participate in this campaign: Starbucks, Holly’s Café, Ogawa Coffee, Doutor Coffee, Inoda Coffee. Another campaign will begin in October. If you bring used cloth to collecting point in the city, 1 point can be saved at every 1 kg of cloth.
The collecting will be set at 14 locations: Earth Music & Ecology, Kyoto Marui, MUJI, etc. The points will be able to be exchanged with 4 items, for example, Kyoto vegetables, until December 21st, 2012.
Join “KYOTO ECO MONEY” campaign and contribute to environment.

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



New Subsidy System Established for Maintenance of Narrow Dead-end Streets
13 August 2012

Kyoto City has started a new subsidy system which covers expense to maintain narrow dead-end streets (less than 4 meters in width) in the city. There are about 13,000 narrow streets in the city and the city has made a guideline how to ensure safety on these streets.
One of the subsidies provides “construction expense for emergency escape route” to make more than two open way for emergency. Another subsidy provides “construction expense for earthquake resistance and fire prevention” to enhance earthquake resistance and fire prevention at the entrance of the dead-end streets. The other one provides “construction fee for extending dead-end streets” to get rid of trees and walls around entrance and end of the street.
Each subsidy will be provided to around three cases, first-come, first-served, 100% of expense will be provided, but each subsidy has the upper limit of the amount. Kyoto City will try to create safe and comfortable city environment.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Construction Management: Tel: 075-222-3620.



Site of Yamanouchi Water Treatment Plant Become a New Campus of Kyoto Gakuen University
20 August 2012

Site of Yamanouchi Water Treatment Plant will reborn as a new campus site of Kyoto Gakuen University.
The Yamanouchi Water Treatment Plant will be closed at the end of March 2013. As the vast site is conveniently located near public transportation and close from Ukyo Ward Office, the city saw this site have a good possibility of development. Therefore the city expected to welcome a university campus on this site which will lead to increase passengers using subways and vigor in the local area, and looked for the vendor that can take this job.
Kyoto City has concluded the basic agreement between School Corporation Kyoto Gakuen about establishment and management of a university on August 2nd, 2012. Based on this agreement, some plans have been confirmed: the university will be opened in April 2015, the university will increase the number of students over 3,000 after 2019, to create comfortable green zones, to open the door widely to the public, to establish facilities and shops along Oike Street and Kadono-oji Street where public people can access.
The city tries to make this opportunity to give additional development to the city with cooperation between the university.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Project Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3032.



Age Limit of Children Receiving Support for Hospital Visit Fee Expanded
27 August 2012

Kyoto City will expand age limit of children who can receive support for hospital visit fee. Age limit will be expanded to 6th year of elementary school to reduced economical burden in the household at hospital visit after September 1st.
If a child who is between 3 and 6th year of elementary school needed over 3,000 yen for hospital visit, the city will refund the money over 3,000 yen. Application is necessary to get the refund which is available at ward offices and branch offices. The application form is also available on the city’s website. Receipt from the hospital visit, health insurance ID, children’s hospital fee receiver certification, and bank information.
If applicant doesn’t have the children’s hospital fee receiver certification, apply to get one from with the application form at ward offices and branch offices or the form on the city’s website.
It is recommended to send the application form to get the refund to the Kyoto City Local Welfare Section.

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




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