What is JLGC?
The Japan Local Government Centre (JLGC) is the London Office of Japan’s Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). CLAIR is a government-affiliated general incorporated foundation that works to support the internationalisation efforts of local governments in Japan through providing training opportunities, fostering people-to-people exchange with the JET Programme and other initiatives, supporting multiculturalism, and by carrying out research behalf of local governments etc.
We aim to offer consistently effective support to our local government stakeholders using the know-how and extensive international network we have cultivated over the last 30 years.
CLAIR’s staff is mostly made up of Japanese employees seconded from local governments throughout Japan, and non-Japanese Programme Coordinators. Most Japanese local government staff work for one year at CLAIR Tokyo and then spend two years at one of our overseas offices.
CLAIR’s overseas offices, such as JLGC, make use of their extensive networks for the benefit of Japanese local governments’ international efforts and offer flexible and detailed support. We does this by:
1. Collecting and providing information about regional internationalisation
2. Collecting and providing information about regional administrative and budgetary systems and their trends
3. Collecting and providing information about regional revitalisation policies overseas
4. Providing information about regional administrative and budgetary systems in Japan to concerned parties overseas
5. Providing information about Japan’s regions to concerned parties overseas
6. Supporting local governments’ efforts to promote internationalisation overseas
7. Supporting international person-to-person exchange between local governments
8. Any other efforts necessary to help CLAIR reach its goals
In addition to the UK, JLGC has responsibility for the following countries: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.