Ultra Low Emission Zone: riding to the rescue of London’s air quality?

This year marks the 40th anniversary of landmark British youth cult film Quadrophenia, which sparked an immediate revival of interest among British teenagers in 1979 of the previous decade’s mod culture: sharp suits, soul music and, perhaps most iconic of all, Italian scooters.  Off-screen however Italian two-stroke Vespa and Lambretta motorcycles are now increasingly seen […]


Urban Development Case Studies: Camden Highline and Berlin Radbahn

Camden Highline A 1.2km disused elevated railway track in North London may hold the key to repurposing obsolete Victorian infrastructure for the future needs of a growing city, according to the proponents of a crowdfunded scheme to build a new green space and transport link.  The Camden Highline is an obvious attempt to replicate the […]


Fukushima Event in London, Tuesday 13 August 19.00-21.00


TRY! Kobe & KOBE Experience Guided Tour

TRY! Kobe (link) is a website that provides useful information for walking around the city of Kobe. It offers information on sightseeing spots, sports facilities, dining options, and places to buy gifts, primarily in the city of Kobe itself. The site is designed to help people in and outside Japan have fun in Kobe.  Central […]


Japan set for historic Rugby World Cup with 50 days to go

PRESS RELEASE Rugby fever is gripping Japan as final preparations for Asia’s first Rugby World Cup are being fine-tuned across the 12 host cities, match venues and team camps. Today, organisers can confirm that 85 per cent of the 1.8 million tickets have now been sold, reaffirming confidence of a sell-out, while the next sales […]


Kagoshima: RWC Host City in Kyushu for the Springboks

Kagoshima, a city worth visiting. Feel the experience in this video. Whether it is magnificent nature, samurai culture or the best wagyu beef in Japan – Kagoshima City is full of Japanese authenticity. The active volcano Sakurajima and Kinko Bay have the power to refresh the hearts of anyone who gazes upon them. After a […]


Discover Japan’s Regions at HYPER JAPAN 2019

JLGC will once again be at Hyper Japan, where visitors can get a taste of regional culture from Japan. The event is the largest J-culture festival in the UK. Hyper Japan will be held 12-14 July at Olympia London. Along with JLGC/CLAIR, the annual event is sponsored by the Embassy of Japan in the UK, Japan […]


Place-based Ecosystems: Cases of Metropolises – Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka

JLGC staff participated in the second event of a UK-Japan research consortium looking at how policymakers in both countries can better understand the dynamics of economic development and innovation in regions and cities. Held in Tokyo at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, the event heard from senior representatives of the Japanese Cabinet Office, […]


Global Devolution: Sapporo City

An independent report by a former UK Deputy Prime Minister has cited the case of Sapporo City in Japan as a leading example of global best practice in city region devolution. Lord Heseltine’s report Empowering English Cities (PDF), commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and backed by six English Metro Mayors, sets out a […]


Best Practices from Japan: Metropolis’ urban sustainability exchange

An initiative of the City of Berlin on behalf of global major cities network Metropolis, the urban sustainability exchange (use) promotes knowledge exchange and connections between cities and professionals working in the field of urban sustainability. In partnership with JLGC as the London Office of CLAIR, use has now developed a series of case studies […]