SMILE-MAMA ― HOTTO Project
Kyoto City has started the SMILE-MAMA ― HOTTO Project which is to enhance the support for mothers that have given birth within a month which happens to be the time when they are in the most unstable condition physically and mentally.
With the project, mother are able to stay temporarily or attend the city's hospital and get advice on childcare arrangement, such as maternal healthcare, instruction on lifestyle and breastfeeding, etc. Intended people are mothers, who are in the state of less than a month after giving birth, and also living in Kyoto City with feelings of unwellness or having child raising-anxiety, or people who live far away from their family's home and who can't get support from their family, etc.
The service fee depends on the income and for the temporary stay-over is 600 yen, 6,000 yen, 15,000 yen per night and for attending is 300 yen, 3,000 yen, 7,500 yen. At the counseling time of issuing a maternity passbook, etc., information will be given to people who is in need of support.
Kyoto City will continuously enhance child-support programs to set a goal to have the best child-support environment in Japan.
[Contact] Kyoto City Health and Medical Service Branch: Tel: 075-222-3420
World's Best City Ranking on Travel & Leisure
This time, with the readers' poll of popular city ranking held by American travel magazine, "Travel & Leisure," Kyoto was chosen to be the No. 1 city against Florence and Rome in Italy, Istanbul in Turkey.
The magazine, Travel & Leisure mainly targets a wealthy class of North Americans and they pride themselves in publishing 1 million copies, and is said to be one of a most influential travel magazines in the world. Kyoto City got in to best 10 spot for the first time as a Japanese city in 2012, and since then it has moved up at a rapid pace and this time became No. 1.
This remarkable achievement is the result of all the efforts, such as a receiving recognition of citizen and business operator's omotenashi, a welcoming spirit at every place in Kyoto, Japanese cuisine washoku designated as UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the City's leading "ALL KYOTO" measure of clean-up project and landscape preservation, etc., that all of these efforts were brought to fruition comprehensively.
The city will further improve the quality of tourism to remain continuous to be a suitable city as the world's No. 1 tourist city.
[Contact] Kyoto City Tourism MICE Promotion Department: Tel: 075-746-2255
Implementation Status of FY 2013 Public Assistance
A welfare benefit system is to secure a minimum standard of living by supplying a public assistance expense for those who are living in poverty.
Kyoto City is strengthening job assistance by placing specialists, etc., and countermeasures for fraudulent recipients in collaboration with Kyoto Prefectural Police, and in FY 2013, 1,072 people have started working, on the other hand, the number of the arrests for fraudulent recipients resulted in 11. As a result, the number of the recipients getting public assistance in the city reduced for the first time in 16 years. Compared to FY 2012, the number was reduced to 566, resulting in 47,401 people.
The recipient's rate of increase between March 2008 and March 2014, which stayed at 20.2% in Kyoto, when other government-ordinance-designated cities average was 41.1%.
Kyoto City, making its operation policy based on "necessary support for those who require it," will further promote the independence support by creating the motivation to work, countermeasures for fraudulent recipients, will make suggestion and request policies actively to the government. At the same time, the city will support each citizen's safety of living, and enhancing the efforts aimed at public assistance operation which can be trusted by citizens.
[Contact] Kyoto City Community Welfare and Services Division: Tel: 075-251-1175
An Experimental Trial at Kyoto City South Exit Station Square ― Resolving an Overflow to the Hachijo Street
Kyoto City will conduct an inflow control experimental trial of buses and taxis at Kyoto station's south exit square which is now being redeveloped as part of the project of "Walking City, Kyoto," which takes priority of the people and public transportation.
With the experiment, creating a wait spot for buses and taxis in a location away from, and making only vehicles moved from this waiting spot could enter the south exit. The gate at the waiting spot will be opened and closed along with a vacancy status of the south exit, and this will make the waiting numbers of vehicles at the south exit station square decrease, and the overflow to Hachijo street will be resolved.
The experimental trial for taxis will be held between August 24th-26th, 2014 and the bus trial will be held during September 5th-6th, 2014. The city will revise the experimental result, and with the same timing of completing the south exit redevelopment, this method will be in operation on a full scale.
[Contact] Kyoto City "Walking City Kyoto" Promotion Department: Tel: 075-222-3483
Account Statement FY 2013
Kyoto City has summarized the FY 2013 overall account statement. There are 4 key points.
First, the real surplus was maintained and expanded. The surplus amount added 9.4 billion yen in total accounting from the FY 2012, and became about 27 billion yen.
Second, the collection rate including city tax, etc. was improved. The city tax collection rate improved in 0.2 point compared to the record-high FY 2012, becoming 97.6 %. Compared to the record-low 19 years ago amongst government-ordinance-designated city, it increased 5.7 point and its revenue growth becoming about 14.3 billion yen in this single year. In addition to this, premium for nursing-care insurance, national health insurance fees and city-provided housing rent, each of these collection rates also reached a new high.
Third, the business of a city bus and a subway, their improvement of the balance is getting better. The city bus business had 5.2 billion yen deficit balance in the worst year, but in 2013, it became 2.7 billion yen in surplus. The subway business also expanded its net cash surplus to 7.3 billion yen which was far exceeding the amount stated in their rehabilitation plan.
Fourth, the city will cut down the city bond balance soundly which the city has a repayment obligation. The primary target of reducing 100 billion yen in 5 years, the city achieved reducing 108 billion yen of city bond balance in 2 years ahead of the target.
In this manner, Kyoto City is working constantly to achieve a sound public finance, but the city's financial status is still in a severe condition. Kyoto City will further work on administrative and financial reforms, and tackle every kind of policy, including child raising support, a stimulation of economic activity and urban development etc., in a comprehensive manner both now and in the future.
[Contact] Kyoto City Financial Division: Tel: 075-222-3291