Visit to Cardiff

JLGC Director Fujishima and Assistant Director Mamika Kambayashi visited Cardiff in October for two days to attend the annual conference of SOLACE, the society of local authority chief executives and senior managers.


JETAA International Meeting in Edinburgh

The Jet Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Alumni Association International meeting took place in Edinburgh last week. Representatives from fourteen countries attended the meeting, including Australia, the United States of America, Singapore and Jamaica to name a few. The meeting was held at the end of a year which has seen the JET Programme and […]


Japanese academics visit Stevenage

Stevenage Borough Council press release: A delegation of Japanese academics has visited Stevenage as part of a tour of new towns in the UK and Sweden. The purpose of the trip was to learn about regeneration of new towns and about housing for elderly people. The party consisted of Professor Masanori Sawaki and Assistant Professor […]


Japanese visitors get insight into Leeds’ care

From this week’s Municipal Journal: Delegates from Tokyo’s Nihon University have been in Leeds to see how council cares for older people. The visitors were escorted around various projects by a group of staff from West North West Homes Leeds (WNWHL). They also looked at how to build stronger links with the voluntary community sector. […]


From love hotels to toilet rolls: delivering planned communities in Japan

By Sarah Longlands, Patsy Dell ( It’s refreshing to find that the problems that we are grappling with in the UK are not so different from the challenges faced by planners and economic development professionals on the other side of the world… apart from that is, the economic contribution of Love Hotels in planned communities. […]


The lessons from Japan’s public sector challenge

Aidan Rave reports on a recent study tour to look at local government in Japan where he discovered surprising similarities in public sector challenges with the UK This was my first trip to Japan and on so many levels it lived up to expectations. Our tour took in both Tokyo and Kyoto, with the theme […]


Saitama Prefecture employees set up bike sharing scheme

In June 2010 employees of Saitama Prefectural Government and the Saitama Risona Bank set up a communal bike share scheme called ‘E-cycle Sharing Saitama’ with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by encouraging the switch from cars to bikes. The scheme currently has thirty bicycles which can be used and dropped off to one of […]


LEd Valley

The October issue of Monocle magazine has a short feature on Tokushima prefecture, which is home to one of Japan’s lesser-known claims to fame – as the world’s number one LEd-manufacturing centre. Dubbed LEdValley, local officials plan to build further upon its status. Already, there are 86 LEd-related companies in the region, the most famous […]


UK JETs meet Foreign Minister Jeremy Browne in Osaka

Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne met with JET Programme participants from the UK during his recent visit to Japan to boost business ties, and follow up on the Foreign Secretary’s commitment to deepening UK-Japan relations. During his three-day visit, from 9 to 11 September, Jeremy Browne spent a day in Tokyo before travelling to Osaka. […]


Jumping on the brands wagon

Japan Local Government Centre’s Andrew Stevens has been published on the comment Guardian Public website. His article ‘Jumping on the brands wagon’ discusses the issues around place branding and its use by local authorities. The piece is a preview of his chapter in the forthcoming book City Branding – Theory and Cases which is to be […]