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Hirakata Now provides you with various and useful information regarding Hirakata City.

I hope this website would be helpful for you to learn Hirakata City.

 

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Hirakata City Guidebook for Foreigners: We Love Hirakata

We Love Hirakata

Hirakta City Hall (HCH) publishes a city guidebook titled “We Love Hirakata” for foreign residents to learn daily life in Hirakata. The guidebook introduces what HCH can do for foreign residents and provides various information regarding school, bin collection, taxes, national pension and so on. It is written in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese.

You can obtain “We Love Hirakata” at HCH or Hirakata Fundation for Culture and International Exchange. Or, you can also download it from the HCH’s official website (PDF).

Please use the guidebook for your daily life in Hirakata.

 

A New City Pamphlet Available Now

City Pamphlet 2016

A new city pamphlet has been published on April 1st 2016. The pamphlet briefly introduces Hirakata’s town profiles, seasonal events, and social activities. Furthermore, the Japanese version contains special messages from the celebrities relating to Hirakata City. The pamphlet is available not only in Japanese but also in English, Chinese, and Korean.

You can obtain the pamphlet at Hirakata City Hall and city branch offices. If you want to download all types of the pamphlet. Click the following languages you want to read (Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean).

 

Hirakata Disaster Prevention Manual: How Can We Protect Ourselves from Natural Disasters?

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Hirakata Disaster Prevention Manual titled “How Can We Protect Ourselves from Natural Disasters?” has been completed. The manual introduces what to do in natural disasters and how to evacuate to a local shelter. It is downloadable in a form of PDF. To download, please click here.

 

Hirakata News

Hirakata Katano Amanogawa Tourism Opening Event 2016

Amanogawa Tourism Opening Event 2016

Date & Time: July 2nd 1:00p.m.~

Venue: Keihan Hirakatashi Station & Keihan Kisaichi Station

Hirakata City Hall (HCH) and Katano Tourist Association (KTA) host a collaborative tourism event on July 2nd. A beautiful river called “Amanogawa” (the Milky Way) is running between Hirakata and Katano. There is an old romantic story relating to the Tale of Tanabata in the two cities. The story is that a young couple was allowed to meet up once a year on a bridge arching Amanogawa River (for futher detail of this story, click here).

To boost Hirakata’s and Katano’s tourism promotion more and more, KTA is planning various collaborative events with HCH. In the first event on July 2nd, wrapped trains printing Hikoboshikun (Hirakata), Orihimechan (Katano), and Hoshi no Aman (Katano) run Keihan Katano Line. Furthermore, you can challenge a stamp rally game.

Hikoboshikun, Orihimechan, and Hoshi no Aman come to the opening event to welcome the participants.

For futher information about Hirakata Katano Amanogawa Tourism Opening Event 2016, contact Katano Tourist Association and Section for Community Animation (Nigiwaikoryu Ka) in Hirakata City Hall.

 

The Social Security and Tax Number System

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The Social Security and Tax Number System starts from October 1st 2015. In this system, your 12-digit individual number is determined on October 5th and is informed to you by a paper notification.

For further information about the Social Security and Tax Number System, a new page has been opened (Click Here).

 

Free English, Chinese, and Korean Interpreter Service for Medical Needs Starts from June 2015

Hirakata City Hall has started a free interpreter service for foreigners who need medical care at hospitals and clinics. The service dispatches a voluntary interpreter who have has taken part in training programmes for a medical interpreter to a medical institution. To use the free interpreter service, apply at the medical institution where you see a doctor. For further information about the interpreter service, visit HCH’s website (Free Interpreter Service for Medical Needs) and a leaflet about the free interpreter service. The leaflet is available at Kenko Somuka located on the 2nd floor of the HCH’s annex building.