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  • 2018 Sheffield: Northern Powerhouse on Track - Lessons From Japan’s Rail

JLGC Seminar 2021 Housing Policy in the UK and Japan – Homes Made for Everyone

10.00-12.00 (GMT) March 8, 2021 – Online only


As local governments contend with how to secure the best supply of new housing to meet the needs of local communities in a post-pandemic world, they must also ensure that homes are affordable and sustainable.  Japanese housing and land use policies have attracted the attention of policymakers as a potential source of innovative practices, with public sector housing provision and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC, also known as modular or off-site manufactured homes) in particular now the focus of a partnership between the UK government Homes England agency and Japanese homebuilder Sekisui House. 

UK local authorities and housing companies have engaged with such solutions in a number of new developments to quickly assemble low-cost homes to tackle homelessness, which can also enable local governments in both countries to deliver housing aligned with the UN SDGs around sustainability, well-being and economic growth.  This year’s Japan Local Government Centre Seminar will examine policy approaches to meeting the housing challenges faced by local authorities in both the UK and Japan, including what part urban solutions from Japan can play to increase the supply of affordable low carbon homes in the UK. 

The event will bring together senior housing and planning officials and experts from the UK and Japan in a dialogue aimed at better understanding the current appetite for innovation in housing and planning, learning from projects and best practice to date, including Japan’s IoT-led Housing as a Service model.

For the full up to date programme please visit our Eventbrite page for more information.

Previous JLGC Seminars have covered various topics including transport, renewable energy and local growth. A full list of themes with the accompanying reports from previous seminars can be found below.

Previous JLGC Seminar Reports 
2019/20London: Social Care in the UK and Japan
2018/19Derby: New Roads to Japan
2017/18Sheffield: Northern Powerhouse on Track - Lessons From Japan’s Rail
2016/17London: International strategies for places
2015/16London: Better Ageing in Japan and UK City Regions
2014/15London: Fukushima Revitalisation
2013/14London: Local Growth, Global Links
2012/13Hanover: Renewable Energy
2011/12Gateshead: Investing in People and Places
2010/11Medway: International Partnerships
2009/10London: Strategies and Solutions for Local Communities
2008/09Derbyshire: Sustaining Regeneration through Partnerships
2007/08Cardiff: Devolution and Better Public Services
2006/07Edinburgh: Decentralisation, Devolution and Delivery