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June 2014

Zero-Waiting List for Nursery Schools Achieved

Kyoto City has reduced the number of people on waiting lists for nursery schools to zero, as the first city amongst government-ordinance-designated city in the Kansai region as of April 1st, 2014.

Since the city is setting the high-priority issue as the enhancement of child-raising environment, it has been working through new construction and extension, reconstruction of nursery schools, expanding a mid-day nursery home which is run by well-experienced nursery teachers, who offer care at their home. As a result, after 6 years of trying, 67 nursery places have made an improvement. Thus, the number of children entering the nursery schools has increased by 3,296 children compared to the April 2008, making the total number to 28,868, which is the maximum in history. This means that 43.5% out of the number of children entering elementary school are in nursery school, and this figure exceeds the average of 30.2 % of government-ordinance-designated cities. Kyoto City also allocates nursery school teachers more than the country's standard and also secures top levels for nationwide-salaries for private nursery teachers.

Since the demand for nursery schools is thought to be increasing, the City is planning to build and reconstruct 13 nursery schools, which will be superior in numbers compared to the record-high FY 2014 and this will also secure 675 children to enter the nursery school, etc. With aiming to have the No. 1 Japanese child-raising environment, Kyoto City will further work through enhancing its child-raising support now and in the future.

[Contact] Kyoto City Nursery Branch: Tel: 075-251-2390

Re-construction of the No. 2 Market of the Central Wholesale Market

Kyoto City had made an announcement on the outline of re-constructing the No. 2 Market of the Central Wholesale Market which has been playing a great role as Kyoto's distribution hub, to offer 'safe and high quality' meat.

At the No. 2 market, it increased its marketing head-count during the time when the country's head-count remaining on the same level and this is due to the effort of wholesale companies. This April, related companies including wholesale, etc. were put together to a sole organization in order to streamline the organization.

But now, the livestock-surrounding conditions are getting severe due to the TPP negotiation, shortage of inheritor, etc. Also it has the problems of its buildings getting old and lacking of the quake-resistant. The re-constructing the building will cope with these problems and expected to energize the Kyoto's livestock business field.

In specific, aiming to obtain the acquisition required for the oversea export, the city will install a temperature control system for the working chamber, which will be needed for supplying safe meat, also will install the first Kansai-region management system for equipment, quality and sanitary, that aims to export for the USA and EU.

The details will be decided hereafter and the new building is scheduled to be operated from the fall of the year 2019.

[Contact] Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market No. 2 Market: Tel: 075-681-5791

Submitting the Stock Holder Suggestions to the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.

Kyoto City has been submitting stock holder suggestions for 3 consecutive years to the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. to switch its business policy for separating from nuclear power generation, etc.

The suggestion was made because of the accident that happened at the Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011, and to request for constructing a society that is not dependent on nuclear power generation immediately. As for the sole request from the city, suggesting to construct a sustainable & safe electric power supply structure as soon as possible. And with Osaka City, co-suggesting 5 agendums including a securement of its transparency operation.

At the beginning, Kyoto City was also suggesting to hire someone as a board member from outside the company which would be a necessity for the realization of the above suggestions. But the city had turn down the request due to the decision of Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., to submit the agenda which will take in Kyoto's suggestions directly.

The city is expecting the stock holders and citizens broad understandings and cooperation.

[Contact] Kyoto City Global Warming Countermeasure Division: Tel: 075-222-4555

Releasing the Overall Kyoto Tourism Research Result of 2013

The research result on tourism in Kyoto has released the numbers of tourists and foreigners staying overnight and the amount of the tourism consumption which has reached a top level in 2013.

The numbers of Kyoto-tourists became 51,620,000, which is 141 million people more than the FY2008 which was the year to reach 50 million for the first time in history.

The number of foreign tourist stayed overnight at Kyoto has increased by 35% compared to the previous year and reached to 1,130,000. The tourism consumption amount surpassed the record-high FY 2008 for 44.1 billion yen, reaching 700.2 billion yen. The research on satisfaction rating shows that Japanese tourists tend to be satisfied with natural scenery and town landscapes, on the other hand, foreign tourists are most satisfied with the 'hospitality spirit and attitudes of Kyoto people,' and about 90% of the respondents answered that they "would like to visit Kyoto again," thus showing the highly evaluated quality of Kyoto's tourism.

These results were in spite of typhoon No. 18 in 2013 which caused great damage to many tourist sites in Kyoto, but with many people's effort, etc. many of these sites have been restored to their original state. Other efforts include holding events in Kyoto held during the low season, such as Hanatoro and Kyo no Tanabata.

From now on, the city will draw up the next tourism promotion plan focusing on the Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics in 2020 together with each and every person in Kyoto so that visitors will be completely satisfied during their stay.

[Contact] Kyoto City Tourism MICE Promotion Section: Tel: 075-746-2255.

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