Kyoto City Landscape Policy 2007/ Miyako Kagayakitai Troops
京・輝き隊 – Miyako Kagayakitai Troops
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The Kyoto City Government believes in order to preserve the cityscape and maintain the city image that it is important to involve the public. The ‘Shining City Troops’ is a group of volunteers gathered by the City Government that are authorized to remove posters, flags and small signboards.
Citizens can form a group of 3 of more people who are over 18 years of age. Together, they must attend lectures organized by the city and learn about the basic laws and examples of illegal adverts before they patrol the streets.
One on the more controversial examples is the Kyoto University Signboard Street at Hyakumanben . The area is located on the street side and is a place for students to express their views. The signboards would stretch across the street and contains all sorts of creative posters by the students. Although the signs have been part of the university tradition, it is quite disturbing to the community and the ‘Shining City Troops’ had to take it down. Another example is a normal patrol of team 2, removing posters from the street posts near Ote-suji Dori .
 Osumituki. “たてかん 撲滅 京大新看板 @京都大学 「サークル看板」が消えゆく運命に” 2018. http://osumituki.com/hack/kyotokanko/106688.html#i-2. Accessed 27th December 2018.
 京都府宅地建物取引業協会. “京宅広報”. 2010. https://www.kyoto-takken.or.jp/assets/pdf/22_01.pdf. Accessed 27th December 2018