Celebrating Japan in the Heart of London

JLGC continues its proud association with the Japan Matsuri with a stall at this year’s festival, held Sunday 30 September, showcasing the best that all Japan’s local areas have to offer.  This is the 10th year of Japan Matsuri and the event will once again be held at the iconic Trafalgar Square in London. The matsuri […]


Naha City Mayor shortlisted for 2018 World Mayor Prize

Mikiko Shiroma, Mayor of Naha City, is one of several women mayors shortlisted for this year’s World Mayor prize. Mayor Shiroma, who leads the Okinawan capital city government, was ranked alongside women leaders from 20 countries across the world in the shortlist announced 4 September by award organisers the City Mayors Foundation. The award is given […]


Tokyo signs Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration

Tokyo Metropolitan Government is one of 19 signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration. For more details, please see the C40 Cities homepage.


Countdown to Kickoff: Japan’s Rugby History one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup

SOAS, University of London Japan Research Centre Symposium 20 September 2018, from 17.00 Alumni Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) SOAS Speakers include: Helen Macnaughtan (SOAS), J. Simon Rofe (SOAS), Phil McGowan (World Rugby Museum, Twickenham), Simon Chadwick (Salford University Manchester), Hilary Frank (Cornwall Council) Japan will host the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019, […]


Nikkei Glocal: London Borough of Culture 2019

An article by JLGC’s Andrew Stevens has been published in the latest (August 6) edition of the Japanese public executive magazine Nikkei Glocal (‘London Borough of Culture as area branding initiative’). The article looks at how the London Borough of Culture initiative of the Mayor of London, inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture programmes, […]


Joining the front line of global trend for decarbonization from Japan

More than 100 Japanese companies, local governments and NGOs have launched a new group to push for a carbon-free society and to help raise Japan’s presence in the global fight against climate change. The Japan Climate Initiative plans to work with fellow non-state actors in other parts of the world to overcome the challenges of global […]


Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20

The “Japan-UK Season of Culture” will unfold in 2019 and 2020, when Japan hosts two sporting landmarks: the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. It seeks to build on the British people’s keen interest in these events by showcasing Japan’s multifaceted attractions. It is hoped that people all […]


Japanese student visit and friendship pact continues learning legacy for Camden

On Monday and Tuesday (30/31 July 2018) Camden Council welcomed 15 Japanese students to events at Camden Summer University, where they got to meet budding film-makers producing a documentary about ‘Women in Power’. The Japanese students also visited the British Library, the British Museum and went on a guided tour of the Kings Cross area. The […]


7th Annual Manga Kingdom Tottori International Comic Art Contest

Call for Submissions: The Seventh Annual Manga Kingdom Tottori International Comic Art Contest hosted by Tottori Prefecture, Japan, is now accepting submissions. Many famous cartoonists hail from Tottori, where the annual International Comic Art Contest is held and promotes outstanding works around the world. Download the PDF for the application form HERE. Full Ts&Cs HERE.


Manchester remembers and renews historic friendship with Japan

This week Kagoshima Governor Mitazono was welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr June Hitchen and both signed a formal Friendship Agreement between Manchester and Kagoshima Prefecture. Governor Mitazono visited Manchester to formally acknowledge and re-establish an important historical link with the city dating back to 1865, as well as the 150th anniversary of […]