Japanese cities and regions rally behind 100 per cent renewable energy

ICLEI, 10.09.17 On 8 September 2017, Japanese local and regional governments released the Nagano Declaration at the Local Renewables Conference 2017 in Nagano, Japan to show their support for a future in which cities and regions are fully powered by renewable energy. The Nagano Declaration recognizes that cities and regions in Japan are facing population decline and slow […]


Nationwide festival in Japan set to mark two years to go until RWC 2019

PRESS RELEASE With Japan preparing to become the first Asian nation to host Rugby World Cup, a 46-day tour of all host cities and Top League teams, will provide a fitting and ambitious way to mark the major milestone. Kicking off in style with a public extravaganza at Shibuya 109 – one of central Tokyo’s […]


[Event PR] Mashiko: Imagined in the UK

4 September – 20 October 2017 Open weekdays 09:30 – 17:30, closed weekends Admission is free, but photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Embassy The Embassy of Japan 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT The town of Mashiko in Tochigi Prefecture is a centre of craft culture which owes its development, in part, […]


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 24 September, showcasing the best that all Japan’s local areas have to offer. This is the ninth year of Japan Matsuri and the event will once again be held at the iconic Trafalgar Square in London. The […]


Cities sought for EU International Urban Cooperation (IUC) city-to-city cooperation programme with Japan

Cities in the member states of the European Union who wish to exchange with a city facing similar challenges in another global region are encouraged to apply for the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) city-to-city cooperation programme on sustainable urban development. The programme aims to foster links between EU cities (in particular those with more than […]


Five years on, London 2012 legacy still prominent

PRESS RELEASE The Olympic and Paralympic Games may be a 3-week celebration of sport, but they leave behind lasting benefits for the host city. And London is no exception. Five years after the London 2012 Games, the city is again enjoying a summer full of sport and incredible performances as it hosts the IAAF World […]


Lessons from Tokyo: making space for culture

“How can cities continue to grow and attract investment while preserving their cultural infrastructure – and the vibrancy and diversity that makes them unique?” To answer this global urban question, Tokyo is one of 12 cities featured in the World Cities Culture Forum ‘Making Space for Culture’ handbook, with lessons learnt from the Kagurazaka neighbourhood […]


UK and Ireland cities’ solidarity with Hiroshima and Nagasaki

PRESS RELEASE As the 72nd anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic weapon attacks approaches, NFLA welcomes events all around the UK and Ireland. The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) welcomes events being held in the UK and Ireland, and across the world, which commemorate and share in solidarity with the cities of Hiroshima and […]


Motomiya City Visits Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for Sister Garden

On 20 July, a delegation from Motomiya City in Fukushima Prefecture led by the city’s mayor, paid a special visit to Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for the Sister Garden Memorandum of Friendship Signing Ceremony. The occasion marked the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima Garden in Holland Park’s which will be twinned with the […]


[Event PR] Natsume Soseki versus William Shakespeare (open lecture)

Tuesday 25th July 2017 16:00-17:30 Soseki Public Lecture “Natsume Soseki versus William Shakespeare: Two Heavyweights of World Literature” Speaker: Dr Damian Flanagan Venue: the Gustave Tuck LT, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, Gower Street WC1E 6BT 18:00-Reception -Library exhibition on Japan-UCL interaction -Presentation by Matsuyama Higashi High School students -Herb tea demonstration etc. Venue: North Cloister, Wilkins […]