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February 2013

Recommendation of “People-friendly Stores” Wanted
25 February 2013

Kyoto City is now collecting recommendations of “People-friendly Stores” from the public.

“People-friendly Stores” means a store which anyone can visit and use without any difficulties. Examples are as follows:

  • Eliminating height differences in level on the floor for wheelchairs and baby buggies.
  • Providing delivery service for elderly people.
  • Providing menus in foreign languages with photos for foreign visitors.

Kyoto City will try to achieve the status of becoming a people-friendly city regardless of age, physical condition and nationality, and promote “People-friendly Stores” in the city. The store will be certified as “Providing People-friendly services.”
The city is looking for stores which are appropriate to be certified as the “People-friendly Store” and is collecting information from the public. Kyoto City's traffic pre-paid card (Traffica Kyo Card) will be presented for some of the applicants (chosen by lottery).
Please get detailed information about how to send recommendations at Kyoto City Hall, ward offices and branch offices, or visit the city's website. The application must be submitted by March 25th, 2013.
The city will call at the recommended stores to encourage them to join the “People-friendly Store” project. We look forward to receiving many recommendations.

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

Initial Budget Plan for 2013 Released
18 February 2013

Kyoto City recently announced the outline of the initial budget for 2013 on February 5th, 2013.
This year's budget is largely expanded public investment to improve security of citizen’s lives and to revitalize the economy of the city.
For example, the budget focuses on four themes: “Economy and Employment,” “Welfare, Medical Care, Childcare Support and Education,” “Disaster Prevention and Maintenance of Aged Buildings,” and “Promotion of Art and Culture”. This includes improving the support system for small and medium sized companies, constructing new childcare centers and nursing homes, earthquake resistance improvements on old buildings and bridges, promotion to add more cultural properties to the World Heritage.
Although the city’s financial situation is strained due to a fall in municipal taxes from the government, the city is trying its best to ensure that it has the necessary financial resources by reducing manpower costs and other expenses. The city will also try to reduce its city bond debt.
The new budget is now being discussed by the city council from February 20th, 2013.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Financial Section: Tel: 075-222-3291.

Two New Open Spaces Will be Prepared in Umekoji Park
11 February 2013

Kyoto City will be prepared two new open spaces in the Umekoji Park.
Kyoto Aquarium opened in the same area in 2012 and JR West Japan Railway Company launched a plan to construct a new train museum in the spring of 2016.
With these new attractions, the city will make Umekoji Park an even more attractive space. One of the attempts is to prepare two new open spaces where both children and adults can enjoy spending their time.
One of them is on the west side of Kyoto Aquarium. Four tram cars will be displayed which used to run in the city. The tram cars will be used as commercial spaces.
The other new space will be attached lawn all over where large-sized playground equipment, café, and rest spaces will be hosted.
A small tram will run between the two new open spaces.
Construction will begin in June this year and finishes in January 2014.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Green Policy Section: Tel: 075-222-3589.

Next 5-year Management Plan for the City’s Water and Sewerage System Formulated
4 February 2013

Kyoto City has been taking progress for the “Miyako Water Vision” which the city formulated in 2008 to clarify project guidelines for 10 years. Now half of the term has finished and the city reviews the progress in the first half and to reconsider how the projects, “Medium Term Management Plan of the Water and Sewerage”, is taken in the latter half after 2013.
This plan consists of three plans: “business promotion plan” to decide plan and goal of each year, “the 5th efficiency promotion plan” to boost up business reformation, and “financial base buildup plan” to provide stable management system.
Particularly following five subjects are focused in the plan: “promoting reformation of water pipes,” “reinforcing countermeasures against disaster,” “improvement of environmental countermeasure,” “improvement of customer service,” and “reinforcing the management base.”
The city will take its best effort to provide better water and sewerage system for the citizens, for example, to double the speed of exchanging old water pipes and to readjust water fee based on the latest usage situation.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Water and Sewerage Section: Tel: 075-672-7709.

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