Policy Report: Berlin’s Urban Tech Ecosystem

One key mission of JLGC is to help Japanese local governments access the evidence and data they require to sustain their work on behalf of local residents. Our regular Policy Reports are primers on topics related to urban policy and regional development, with the latest published this month on ‘Berlin’s Urban Tech Ecosystem’ (Japanese only). […]


Call for Entries: The 5th Kitakyushu International Manga Competition

The Kitakyushu International Manga Competition is held with the aim of furthering the spread of manga culture throughout the world. The competition is back for the fifth year and is now accepting entries until 2pm, Wednesday 2 September 2020 (Japan Standard Time). Contestants are required to submit an original 4-panel manga. The competition is open […]


RWC 2019 delivers record economic, social and sporting outcomes for Japan

PRESS RELEASE National pride significantly boosted by successful tournament £4.3 billion generated in economic output 242,000 international visitors stayed an average of 17 days each in Japan, providing tourism and economic benefits to the host nation 46,000 jobs created or sustained for the tournament Strong regional impact at the heart of nationwide benefits Significant rugby […]


COVID-19 Update

In response to UK Government Coronavirus outbreak restrictions, the JLGC office is currently closed and staff are now working remotely.  This will continue until it is possible to reopen the office, please check again for updates. During this period, you can still contact JLGC by email using our general address or individual staff email accounts. For […]


Nikkei Glocal: Modern Methods of Construction – a solution for UK housing?

An article by JLGC Chief Researcher Andrew Stevens has been published in the latest (March 16) edition of the Japanese public executive magazine Nikkei Glocal on Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) in the UK housing market. The article looks at the recent trend towards adopting MMC in the London spatial planning context to address the chronic gap […]


A Manifesto for Researching Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

JLGC staff participated in a series of workshops throughout 2019 under the UK-Japan collaborative project  ‘Entrepreneurial and Innovation Ecosystems in the UK and Japan – Place-based policy scenarios and options’. The project team aimed to build research collaboration between partners in the UK and Japan, and engage with policy and business communities cross-nationally, especially through […]


The Development, Persistence and Success of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems – Cardiff University Workshop

27 March 2020, 09.30-16.30Cardiff University Building on the ESRC-funded UK-Japan project “Entrepreneurial and Innovation Ecosystems – Place-based policy scenarios and options”, the workshop aims to share, exchange, and develop research and ideas about Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. Bringing together academic, industry, and policy perspectives from Wales, the UK, the OECD and elsewhere, to learn about institutional contexts, local […]


Event – ‘Crisis thinking in regional Japan – Kamaishi City’

Responses to Depopulation, Industrial Restructuring and Natural Disasters in Post-war Era – the case study of Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture Prof Naofumi Nakamura (University of Tokyo) Date: 4 March 2020 Time: 5:00 PM Finishes: 4 March 2020 Time: 8:00 PM Venue: Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle), London NW1 4QP This lecture examines the […]


JLGC staff visit smart energy and digital projects in South West

Assistant Directors from the Japan Local Government Centre this week participated in staff training facilitated by Exeter City Council and Teignbridge District Council in the South West of England. The four-strong group visited a range of council facilities and smart city projects, as well as receiving a civic welcome as an overseas delegation. Exeter also […]


Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL

As the host city for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, Tokyo also wants to deliver cultural inspiration. Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL is a festival staged in various locations in Tokyo that allows a multitude of people to encounter programs covering diverse genres including art, music, the performing arts, traditional arts, dance, and performances from […]