Japan Local Government Centre is the London office of The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR)
, which was established in 1988 as a joint organization made up of local
governments. CLAIR provide a wide array of support to the international
activities of local governments to strengthen international
collaboration that will stimulate communities, enrich peoples’ lives
and ultimately contribute to deeper mutual understanding and benefit.
attentive to the evolving needs of local governments, our mission is to
serve and provide assistance by keeping track of international trends,
maintaining as well as strengthening friendly ties and collaborating
with local governments and organisations abroad.
network is comprised of the headquarters in Tokyo and seven overseas
offices: London, Paris, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Seoul and Beijing.
This base allows us to provide varied international services to local
governments, because they deal with all aspects of their citizens’
lives: education, welfare, trade and industry.
activities include the internationally acclaimed JET Programme;
investigating foreign local policies to address issues in Japan;
assisting the overseas activities of local governments such as sister
city relations or increasingly-important economic relations; providing
information to foreign residents; as well as promoting multiculturalism.