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July 2016

Installing Transportation IC Cards and Expanding Stand-by Space for Foreign Friendly TAXI service

Kyoto City had set up a Foreigner Friendly TAXI exclusive stand at Kyoto Station for the first time ever in Japan in March, 2016. As for the further measurement, users are able to make payments when riding a Foreigner Friendly TAXI by an electronic payments through transportation IC cards such as ICOCA, etc. from August of 2016. The operating time for the Kyoto Station's Karasuma-guchi Exit exclusive taxi stand has expanded. And the Hachijo-guchi Exit exclusive taxi stop has expanded its stand-by space. Kyoto City will advance efforts on establishing more satisfactory results for as many foreign tourists visiting Japan through various measures including the enhancement of a convenient Foreign Friendly TAXI service.

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

Strengthening Educational Awareness of Rules and Manners for Bicycles

Kyoto City had revised the municipal anti-derelict bicycle ordinance in April, 2015. Furthermore, the City has been working on countermeasures for derelict cycling through various measures including one which has expanded the number bicycle seizure active zones at almost all the areas in the city since July 1st, 2015. As a result, the number of the derelict bicycles has been reduced to 370 per day in FY 2015, which is one in twentieth compared to the number of 7,896 per day in FY 2008.

Meanwhile, problems remain, such as: there are some spots where the number of derelict bicycles are not reduced; because some foreign tourists do not know about the rules and manners in Kyoto, and end up leaving their bicycles, etc.

Therefore, the City will strengthen dissemination on rules and manners of bicycle through measures including the setup of easy-to-understand cautionary warning signs about bicycle seizing and distributing leaflets written on cycling rules and manners for foreign tourists.

[Contact] Kyoto City Bicycle Policy Promotion Division: Tel: 075-222-3565

Current Promoting Situation of Female Committees in Affiliated Organizations

Kyoto city has set new goals to raise the percentage of female presence in supporting city-based agencies and organizations. That is, "to raise the proportion to more than one-half of the total number of organizations in the city to meet the following conditions: organizations employing the number of female staff to more than 35% within an organization.

At the end of March, 2016, the percentage of organizations which its females existed in such positions has risen to 59.2% (142 organizations out of 240). This fulfilled the cities goals of attempting to reach a level of 50%. Furthermore, at the end of June, 2016, there are no such supporting agencies and organizations without any female staff.

[Contact] Kyoto City Gender Equality Promotion Division: Tel: 075-222-3091

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