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December 2013

"Keihoku Tunnel" Opened

The Keihoku Tunnel to taking detour the Kurio Pass on Route 162 (also called Shuzan Kaido) which has been under construction since 2007 has opened at 14:00, on December 21st, Saturday, 2013.

The Kurio Pass section which is situated at more than 400 meter elevation point is a critical point where traffic along that steep hill and curved path is close and accidents frequently occur during winter season due to the icy-streets, etc. This opening of the Keihoku Tunnel will make easy access to the area by shortening the driving time and without worrying of closure of the streets from iciness or heavy snow.

The present road that goes through Kurio Pass will be under ongoing supervision by Kyoto City, making the north part of the road as a greenway and the south side as a general road after the opening of the tunnel.

[Contact] Kyoto City Business Promotion Section: Tel: 075-213-3659

"Regulation on Preservation and Utilization of Historical Properties" Revised

Kyoto City has been starting to operate the regulation in the first time in Japan, which allows renovating buildings made with traditional wooden-constructions such as machiya, etc. without adopting the Building Standard Act since April 2012. This was made possible by applying the original mechanism of Kyoto City.

This time, by revising the regulation, not only wooden-constructions but also modern buildings made of iron and concrete or brick which are also regarded as important aspects in a visual or cultural way are applied to the list of the regulations.

With these "Regulations on Preservation and Utilization of Historical Properties," the preservation and utilization of buildings will be progressed while maintaining the exterior appearance which Kyoto City is proud of.

[Contact] Kyoto City Construction Supervision Section: Tel: 075-222-3620

Agreement concluded on "Evacuation and Guiding Tourists and People with Difficulty to return Home"

Kyoto City has reached an agreement with 133 facilities and 13 organizations including temples, shrines and tourist related facilities, shopping arcades, local organizations situated around Kiyomizu, and the Gion area, Saga and the Arashiyama area, also around the area of Kyoto Station to secure the safety of tourists who will have difficulties when occurring disasters such as huge earthquakes, etc. occur.

When disaster happens, these contracted organizations will guide and help evacuating tourists and providing the space as a center for emergency evacuation or transit stay, also will release the information of disaster, public transportation's operation status, providing tap water and toilets, etc.

Kyoto City will take further disaster-prevention measures with cooperating with contract organizations such as to produce leaflets for tourists about what to do when a disaster happens in 4 languages, installing evacuation and guiding sign boards to the main street, conduct emergency drills, etc.

[Contact] Kyoto City Disaster Risk Management Section: Tel: 075-212-6792

Foreigners Can Learn and Work at the Japanese Restaurant

The "General Specific Zone System" is to support the certain area that deal with front line projects which are appointed by government. This support includes to loosen regulations, giving tax incentives, etc.

By utilizing this system, the "Foreigners to Work at Japanese Restaurant" has been permitted as the first city in Japan, which only enabled within Kyoto City. This wasn't allowed in the past because of immigration rules. Under these regulations, foreigners can work and learn at the same time about food culture and Kyoto cuisine, taking their time.

As an obligatory requirement, the foreigner has to be dispatched from the overseas restaurant, also needs to make an employment agreement with a Japanese restaurant situated in Kyoto City, and the contract term must be 2 years or less. As for the employer Japanese restaurant, up to 2 foreigners can be hired for each restaurant and the wage for the foreigner chef has to be the same level or more compared to the Japanese chefs.

By promoting the acceptance of foreign chef to the Japanese restaurant from now on, Kyoto City will further commit the development of human resources who addresses the charm of Japanese cuisine to the world.

[Contact] Kyoto City Planning and Implementing Section: Tel: 075-222-3035

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