Mitsubishi invests in Scottish green energy centre

The Scottish Government announced on December 3 plans by Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe Ltd (MPSE) to invest up to £100m in an engineering facility to carry out research and development into offshore wind turbine technology.   First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I am delighted that Mitsubishi is establishing a presence in Scotland through the creation […]


Visit to Paris

JLGC Deputy Director Eiji Yamaguchi visited the Salon des Maires et des Collectivités Locales in Paris last week, representing the centre at the annual gathering for French local government.


Japanese TV crew in Lewisham for 2012 preparations

The LoveCleanStreets/Love Lewisham blog has reported that a Japanese TV crew were in Lewisham earlier this month to film a piece on London’s preparations for the 2012 Olympics. According to the blog, which is run by Lewisham resident and council Head of Environment Nigel Tyrell, the crew were interested in how LoveCleanStreets will be used […]


Visit to Shropshire

Assistant Director Yoshihisa Ogawa visited the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust yesterday for a CLAIR report on local authority policies for tourism promotion as part of local economic development. Mr Ogawa was accompanying a visitor from Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture, who was also conducting research on how to best make use of industrial heritage as a […]


Visits to New Forest and Greenwich

Assistant Director Yoshihisa Ogawa and Research Manager Andrew Stevens visited New Forest District Council in Lyndhurst, Hants this week for a CLAIR report on local authority policies for tourism promotion as part of local economic development. New Forest has previously won a Beacon council award for its promotion of sustainable tourism. They also visited Greenwich […]


Shibushi City in Kagoshima best recycling city

Shibushi City in Kagoshima is best recycling city in Japan for three years running Of all councils designated as cities (which can have anything between 10,000 and 3.5 million people) in Japan, the City of Shibushi  (34,000) in Kagoshima on Kyushu has been named as achieving the highest recycling rate in Japan, and this for […]


UK Parliamentarians express support for JET Programme

The 27th Meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group took place in Tokyo and Karuizawa last month: Japan and the UK have developed the closest of partnerships, based on shared fundamental values including democracy, respect for human rights, a market economy and the rule of law. Since the new British administration took office in May, […]


Visits to Leeds and York

JLGC’s Andrew Stevens and Marie Yoshikawa visited the Yorks and Humber Regional Resilience Team in Leeds this week as part of preparation for a CLAIR report. They also visited the Emergency Planning College near York. The report will detail for the Japanese audience how the UK plans for and copes with risk scenarios in emergency […]


City of Kawasaki Visits Sheffield to Renew Friendship Ties

JLGC Director Noboru Fujishima, Assistant Director Motoko Tsujii and Public Relations Officer Keith Kelly visited Sheffield City Council last week in support of a visit by Kawasaki City Mayor Takao Abe. The visit cemented the 20th anniversary of the Friendship City relationship between Kawasaki and Sheffield, with the prospect of vibrant city to city links […]


COP 10: Conference on Biological Diversity in Nagoya reaches a new agreement

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Environment Secretary Caroline Spelmen released a statement on Friday 29th of October following the agreement reached at the tenth Conference for Parties (COP 10)  for setting targets to protect the natural environment. The conference was held in Nagoya, Japan. The Conference of the Parties  is the governing body […]