Europe and Japan discuss intercultural cities in Tokyo

The Council of Europe, European Union and Japan Foundation held a joint seminar in Tokyo in January in order to introduce and compare initiatives towards integration at regional and community levels in Europe and Japan. “Japan, though it may be considered outside as ethnologically monolithic, has in fact a long history of accepting immigrants from […]


From Whitehall to Town Hall

Professor David Cope, Director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) spoke to Japanese officials at JLGC today about the work of the office, particularly its international dimension. The talk addressed not only its advisory role on issues as diverse as the menace of chewing gum in the urban environment and local authority […]


First ever conference of German cities with Japanese links in Berlin

As part of the 150-year anniversary celebrations of the first Prusso-Japanese treaty, on February 8 2011 the first ever conference of German cities with ties to Japanese cities took place at the Japanese Ambassadors’ Residence in Berlin. More than 70 participants turned out for this event, among them mayors and former mayors for major German cities as […]


Creating value through local partnerships – Japan Day Seminar

The Japan Day Seminar: Local Links Conference will be held on Friday March 4 2011 at the Corn Exchange, Rochester in Kent. Featuring presentations from British local authorities and Anglo-Japanese organisations, the event will focus on how local bodies have been able to use their international partnerships with counterparts in Japan in new ways to […]


Senior Software

The story of Paro the robot seal (who made his UK debut at our LGA conference stall two years ago) is now well-known here, but as the Daily Yomiuri reports, local governments in Japan are finding ever more innovative ways to keep their elderly populations mentally stimulated and alert: An increasing number of social welfare […]


Yamanashi Prefecture brings Koshu Wines to London

Yamanashi Prefectural Government accompanied 14 wineries to London this week in support of efforts to market Japanese “Koshu” white wine, using the UK as a base for entry into the European market.  This follows a very successful event last year where industry professionals were introduced to the region for the first time  at events promoting the wine varieties as […]


Anglo-Japanese Local Governance Study Visits

All staff of JLGC were fortunate to attend two days of lectures this week at the Institute of Local Government Studies of the University of Birmingham. Monday’s session, led by Professor Tony Bovaird, covered ‘From Performance Management in local government and its legacy to new forms of council management and service provision’, while on Tuesday […]


Visits to Brighton and Southend-on-Sea

Assistant Director Yoshihisa Ogawa and Research Manager Andrew Stevens visited Brighton and Hove City Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council this week for a CLAIR report on local authority policies for tourism promotion as part of local economic development. In Brighton they heard about the council’s use of social media to reach out to new visitor […]


JLGC takes part in the Efficiency Exchange

Coming soon, the ‘Japanese Experience’… for the week commencing 17th January 2011 the Japan Local Government Centre in London and colleagues in Japan will be participating in a week-long warmseat to highlight the experiences of local government in Japan during a crisis period. Communities of Practice for Public Service, a community platform run by Local […]


Big Society Nihon

The ‘Big Society’ is by now an embedded and accepted feature of the policy landscape in the UK, as the Coalition government’s narrative and guiding approach to public service reform and decentralisation. Within Japan however, efforts are proceeding among the new administration of the Democratic Party of Japan under Prime Minister Naoto Kan towards an […]