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June 2016

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts' "Kyoto Kobo Concierge" Collaborating with Optional Tour Reservation Website "VELTRA"

The "Kyoto Kobo (Artisans) Concierge" homepage ( launched this spring by Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts. The website aims to introduce studios around Kyoto that offer tours and experiences, thereby helping to bridge traditional industry with tourists from both Japan and overseas.

Recently, "Kyoto Kobo Concierge" has decided to cooperate closely with "VELTRA," the largest-scale reservation website for optional tours. Together they will introduce customers, from Japan and abroad, to the fascinating appeal of studio experiences that are quintessential to Kyoto.

[Contact] Kyoto City Traditional Industry Division: Tel: 075-222-3337

Record-high Number of International Conferences Held in Kyoto in FY 2015

The number of international conferences held in Kyoto in FY 2015 set a record high of 213. The total number of conference participants set another record: at 160,368, it was the first-ever attendance to surpass 160,000.

The city cited the following efforts in their explanation of the record-breaking year: creation of a new middle and small scale MICE subsidy; enhancement of the subsidy system for assisting the opening of MICE, which is unique to Kyoto; and building cooperation with Kyoto University.

According to an announcement regarding the FY 2014 Respective City Ranking made by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Kyoto City now remains in second place next to Tokyo (domestically) for the second year in a row. As a representative city for international conference tourism, Kyoto is showing great presence in Japan.

[Contact] Kyoto City Tourism MICE Promoting Division: Tel: 075-746-2255

Conducting the Taisei Hokan 150th Anniversary Project

The year of 2017 marks a major milestone: 150 years since the Taisei Hokan (the Return of Political Power to the Emperor) of 1867. It was during this year that Samurai government ended, marking a turning point for the construction of a new Japan.

Kyoto City has taken the opportunity to honor this history with the "Taisei Hokan 150th Anniversary Project." Other cities will be encouraged to participate who were connected with the major historic figures of Kyoto during the Meiji Restoration. The project will enable us to re-evaluate our predecessors who once played a major role in Kyoto. Kyoto and participating cities will communicate and cooperate with one another through special events at Nijo Castle and museums in and around Kyoto, a symposium, a product exhibition and a Meiji Restoration-themed event; people everywhere will be able to sense the unique charm of the city.

[Contact] Kyoto City Culture Art Promotion Division: Tel: 075-366-0033

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

The accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station has left Japan in a crucial condition that remains today. Kyoto City believes that rather than moving on entirely from the incident, we should continue to learn from it as much as we can. The city has therefore submitted stock holder suggestions to Kansai Electric Co., Inc. to shift its mid-long term business policy to separate from nuclear power generation. The suggestions are based on citizens' wishes and on a resolution made at the Kyoto City Assembly to "construct a sustainable society that is not dependent on nuclear power generation." The city will continue to appeal with persistence to the Japanese government and Kansai Electric Co., Inc. for denuclearization.

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

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