About JLGC

About JLGC

Our Responsibilities


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 on their behalf.

Our members include the Tokyo Metropolis, Prefectures, Designated Cities and all other Municipalities.  In addition to the UK, JLGC is responsible for the following countries within the European Economic Area: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.


CLAIR’s overseas offices, including JLGC, make use of their extensive networks for the benefit of Japanese local governments’ international efforts and offer flexible and detailed support. JLGC does this by:

  • advising on research and policy for local governments and other public entitities in Japan

  • promoting bilateral relations between Japanese local governments and their counterparts in Europe

  • hosting and supporting events and activities to promote the interests of Japan’s regions