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January 2013

Pilot Program to Reduce Trucks Handling Freight on the Streets
28 January 2013

Kyoto City will have a pilot program to reduce the number of trucks which handle freight on the streets from February 1st to 28th, 2013.
This is a part of the city’s “Walking City Kyoto” project which aims to provide better traffic environment for people and public transportation. The city will consider how to reduce the number of trucks which handle freight on the streets which disturbs public traffic.
The area's pilot program will cover the central historical city area surrounded by Shijo, Kawaramachi , Oike and Karasuma Streets.
From February 1st to the 14th, a car parking space “NAKAGYO 24” (Masuya-cho, Fuyacho-dori Shijo-agaru) will be open for the trucks handling freight. Only the companies which sign up to join this program can use this car parking.
From February 15th to 28th, Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. will take the other transportation companies’ freight as a trial which will reduce the number of trucks in the central area.
Based on the result of the pilot program, the city will improve traffic environment in the city, particularly for safety for the people.

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

“Ordinance about Kyoto City Sake Popularization Promotion” Enacted
21 January, 2013

Kyoto City has recently enacted a new ordinance about “Sake Popularization Promotion” which is the first one in Japan.
The ordinance passed in the city council in a unanimous (with some revises) as the city believes having sake, one of the traditional industries of Kyoto, as the drink for a toast will let people reconfirm beauty of traditional industry and have more understanding for Japanese culture. The ordinance addresses that the city and the sake companies have to cooperate with each other to make sake more popular and the citizens need to cooperate to them.
There are a number of sake breweries in Kyoto, including Japan’s famous Fushimi, however, the consumption amount of sake in Japan in 2010 had over 40% reduction from that of in 1998.
The city hopes that this ordinance will give more opportunities to many people to realize deliciousness and importance of sake by promoting to have sake as a drink for the first toast, which will also lead to reconfirm the beauty of other traditional industries by letting people enjoy fine sake wares like Kyo-yaki and Kiyomizu-yaki.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Traditional Industry Section: Tel: 075-222-3337.

Emergency Full Check on Rivers in the City and Flood Provision Taken
14 January 2013

Kyoto City has recently made a complete emergency check on rivers in the city and formulated flood provision.
Localized concentrated heavy rains have occurred many times in the last few years and some of them caused serious damage in some regions in Kyoto Prefecture.
From this experience, Kyoto City has made a complete check on 73 rivers in the city which have caused problems recently and discovered cracks on the bank protection and confirmed conditions of the banks. As a result, 39 rivers are judged to need immediate flood provision, and the city will take bank reformation and get rid of earth and sand on the bottom of the river by June 2013.
There were 16 rivers which have caused flood damage in the past 30 years, and 8 of them, except for the rivers which have already taken provisions, have been taken thorough research to understand the latest condition.
Based on the research, the city will formulate a new maintenance program by August 2013 with the rivers of higher degree of urgency.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Maintenance Management Section: Tel: 075-222-3568.

“Daisuki! Kyoto Donation” Special Campaign is Running
7 January 2013

Kyoto City is now running a special “Daisuki! Kyoto Donation Prize Campaign.”
“Daisuki! Kyoto Donation” is a local tax payment system that people can choose a local government to donate money (and can get deduction of income tax and citizen tax depending on the amount of donation). People who give donation to Kyoto City will have a chance to win nice prizes by lottery.
People who apply and donate over 10,000 yen to Kyoto City between November 15th, 2012 and January 31st, 2013 can apply to the campaign.
Hotels and stores in Kyoto offer to give nice prizes which include hotel coupons for two people, selected items from Kotochika (commercial facility in the subway concourse), Kyoto items from Yojiya and Kyoto Takashimaya Department Stores, etc.
Application forms must be submitted to apply for the donation. Please refer to the pamphlet distributed at city hall, ward and branch offices, or visit the city’s website.
Donations over 2,000 yen can be the object of deduction of income tax and citizen tax at the income tax report. The city hopes to get as much donations as possible.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Finance Section: Tel: 075-222-3290.

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