Toward City Diplomacy: Assessing Capacity Among Global Cities

As cities increasingly become influential actors on the global stage, they need to invest in resources, expertise, and capacity to manage their relationships and responsibilities to conduct city diplomacy effectively. A new report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs think tank and University College London’s City Leadership Lab takes a look at how city […]


“Old meets New: Tokyo 150 Years” – A Festival of Celebration and Enjoyment

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the renaming of Edo to Tokyo and the establishment of the Tokyo Government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) will implement the “Old meets New: Tokyo 150 Years” program. Along with holding commemorative events and related PR projects, this will be a diverse program linked with existing programs and events […]


Kyushu Culture & Tourism Exhibition

Promotion: If visiting Japan is on your to-do list for 2018, then no trip would be complete without a tour of the southernmost island of Japan’s big four: Kyushu. Tourism to Japan is increasing and some of its routes can be a little too well-trodden. We would certainly say that a deeper dive into Japan’s […]


JLGC Seminar – Northern Powerhouse on Track: Lessons From Japan’s Rail

9 March 2018, 13.30 onwards (registration from 13.00) University of Sheffield, Durham Road, Sheffield This April Transport for the North will become England’s first statutory Sub-National Transport Body, followed by the first-ever metro mayoral elections for the Sheffield City Region in May.  Taken together with plans for HS2, these developments are key to the UK […]


Japan Decentralization Report – December

The five years since the inauguration of the Abe Cabinet was marked with a press conference by the Prime Minister on December 26 2017.  During December there were a number of national government events related to decentralization and local autonomy, which are summarised from the Prime Minister’s Office, below. On December 14 the third meeting […]


Nikkei Glocal: Urban Development in West London

An article by JLGC Senior Researcher Andrew Stevens has been published in the latest (December 18) edition of the Japanese public executive magazine Nikkei Glocal (‘Old Oak Common and Park Royal – West London’s Large-Scale Development Project’). The article looks at the development opportunity in Old Oak and Park Royal as undertaken by London’s second mayoral development […]


The New Landscape of Inward Investment – Lessons For Japan

How can local areas attract inward investment amid global competition? This was the subject of the latest place branding masterclass for Japanese local officials to gain insights into locational marketing strategies from UK partners. Adam Breeze (above), consultant on inward investment and founder of the ‘Make it England’ agency, spoke on his two decades plus […]


London’s Night-Time Economy – JLGC Factsheet

London’s night-time economy contributes £26.6bn to its GDP annually and supports 1 in 8 jobs in the capital, as an industry in its own right The night-time economy is not just bars and clubs but increasingly retail and cultural attractions for all ages, with all sectors involved London’s vibrant nightlife offer is an integral part […]


City of London and Tokyo agree closer cooperation

PRESS RELEASE The City of London Corporation has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government which will result in closer collaboration between the financial and professional services sectors in both cities. The signing ceremony took place at the British Embassy, Tokyo. Lord Mayor of the City of London, Charles Bowman, […]


Online International Activity of UK Local Authorities 2017

Since the June 2016 referendum result to leave the European Union, or Brexit, local authorities in the UK have been left with multiple challenges in securing trade and international connections. As UK central government shifts power to the local level through devolution, new forms of city diplomacy are sometimes proposed as a means to create […]