Tokyo Governor to speak at City, University of London on October 31 (registration available)

Global Cities – drivers for a more sustainable world Speakers: Yuriko Koike, the Governor of Tokyo and Dr Haruo Shimada, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at Tokyo Metropolitan University 10.00-11.00, Wednesday 31 October 2018 Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tait Building at City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB REGISTER HERE In July […]


City Governance in Northern Europe – New JLGC Directory

JLGC has long developed research on trend mapping around the governance and economic profiles of leading European cities, as part of its member offer for city and regional authorities in Japan. Our latest publication (in English) surveys the capital city governments of JLGC’s responsible countries in Northern Europe and breaks down by type the system […]


Regional Tourism Agency Promotes Kansai International Airport Reopening After Typhoon Jebi

Kansai International Airport (KIX) reopened September 21, prompting Kansai Tourism Bureau to start a campaign with the objective of reviving local tourism.  The “Kansai Inbound Tourism Revival Plan” was announced by Japan Tourism Agency also on September 21, welcoming back travellers to the region in the centre of Japan. A film made for the campaign […]


Ehime Prefecture Cycling ‘Challenge 1,000 km’ Project

[Information from Ehime Prefecture] The Once in a Lifetime Cycling Journey! The 1,000 km Long Shikoku Circuit Route has Begun Accepting Overseas Entry! The spiritual island of Shikoku holds 1,200 years of history of pilgrimage culture. Shikoku is surrounded by the ocean on all four sides, and you can experience the endless green of mountains […]


Celebrating Japan in the Heart of London

JLGC continues its proud association with the Japan Matsuri with a stall at this year’s festival, held Sunday 30 September, showcasing the best that all Japan’s local areas have to offer.  This is the 10th year of Japan Matsuri and the event will once again be held at the iconic Trafalgar Square in London. The matsuri […]


Naha City Mayor shortlisted for 2018 World Mayor Prize

Mikiko Shiroma, Mayor of Naha City, is one of several women mayors shortlisted for this year’s World Mayor prize. Mayor Shiroma, who leads the Okinawan capital city government, was ranked alongside women leaders from 20 countries across the world in the shortlist announced 4 September by award organisers the City Mayors Foundation. The award is given […]


Tokyo signs Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration

Tokyo Metropolitan Government is one of 19 signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration. For more details, please see the C40 Cities homepage.


Countdown to Kickoff: Japan’s Rugby History one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup

SOAS, University of London Japan Research Centre Symposium 20 September 2018, from 17.00 Alumni Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) SOAS Speakers include: Helen Macnaughtan (SOAS), J. Simon Rofe (SOAS), Phil McGowan (World Rugby Museum, Twickenham), Simon Chadwick (Salford University Manchester), Hilary Frank (Cornwall Council) Japan will host the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019, […]


Nikkei Glocal: London Borough of Culture 2019

An article by JLGC’s Andrew Stevens has been published in the latest (August 6) edition of the Japanese public executive magazine Nikkei Glocal (‘London Borough of Culture as area branding initiative’). The article looks at how the London Borough of Culture initiative of the Mayor of London, inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture programmes, […]


Joining the front line of global trend for decarbonization from Japan

More than 100 Japanese companies, local governments and NGOs have launched a new group to push for a carbon-free society and to help raise Japan’s presence in the global fight against climate change. The Japan Climate Initiative plans to work with fellow non-state actors in other parts of the world to overcome the challenges of global […]