JLGC at the Japan Matsuri 2010

On Saturday 18 September 2010, the Japan Local Government Centre will be taking part in Japan Matsuri 2010. The festival is taking place at Spitalfields Market near Liverpool Street Station and will be a celebration of all things Japanese: food, music, anime, manga, tradition arts, sake, and much, much more. From 10am to 8pm there […]


Embassy Reports on JET and JETAA Activities

The Embassy of Japan in the UK have posted up a special article on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme and the JET Alumni Association in the United Kingdom. Featuring a piece from former JETAA Chairman Julian Paisley, the article gives a nice overview of the organisation, now in its 20th year: The Japan […]


Setouchi Art Festival Television Program on SKY/Freesat Ch 209

An English-language television series called Islands of Affluence will be broadcast starting September 3rd on NHK World, available in the UK on Freesat and SKY on Channel 209. The Art Setouchi 2010 Festival is now being held in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan, and is the world’s first major modern art festival to take place on multiple […]


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Policies and Programmes to Enhance Renewable Energy

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability featured a Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG)  report last month regarding ‘demand-pull’ measures channeling renewable natural energy from five prefectures in northern Japan to Tokyo. Having set a target of reducing Tokyo’s greenhouse gas emissions to 25% below 2000 levels by 2020, in April 2010 the Tokyo Metropolitan Government began […]


Michi-no-eki – an opportunity for the rural economy?

Gavin Parker explains how the Japanese ‘road stations’ idea, offering locally produced food and providing a range of roadside services, could be useful in UK attempts to boost rural economies and communities. The article, which can be downloaded here (PDF), is hosted with kind permission of the author and the Town and Country Planning Association, […]


Asian Network of Major Cities 21 and Tokyo Month

The Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC21) is an international network of Asian capital and major cities, undertaking joint projects on common tasks regarding crisis management, environmental countermeasures and industrial development, with the aim of increasing development and prosperity in the Asian region. The cities involved are Bangkok, Delhi, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Metropolitan […]


Japan Study Tour on the Guardian Public Website

JLGC’s annual Japan Study Tour has resulted in two articles on the Guardian Public website, written by site editor and participant on the JST 2010 trip to Tokyo and Kyoto,  Jane Dudman. The first article (here) is on financial pressures in Japanese local government, while the second (here) is on environmental policies introduced by the regional level […]


Foreign Office celebrates the ‘two years to go’ mark by featuring Judo Champion Kosei Inoue

Quite often on this blog we talk about how Japan is seen from a UK perspective, well today there is the opposite. The UK Foreign Office has started a video series called  “See Britain” to mark the two year countdown to the 2012 London Olympics. The video series will speak to a wide range of […]


‘Britain’s Prosperity in a Networked World’

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague today delivered a speech to business leaders and politicians in Tokyo on Anglo-Japanese relations under the new Coalition Government. The speech paid tribute to the JET Programme, organised by JLGC in the UK, for its role in fostering and cementing living links between the peoples of both countries: We also […]


Friendship Agreement signed between Nagasaki and Aberdeen

On the 12th July a ceremony was held in Aberdeen’s town hall to mark the signing of a friendship agreement between the cities of Aberdeen and Nagasaki, Japan. The Mayor of Nagasaki had already signed the document earlier in the year, but in the ceremony on Monday the Lord Provost of Aberdeen concluded the process […]