Watashi no Toyota

As mentioned on the Toyota UK blog, UK Business Secretary Vince Cable toured Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire yesterday and officially launched production of the first Auris Hybrid cars. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: Toyota’s decision to make Burnaston the only plant in the world to build the Hybrid Auris is a strong endorsement of […]


Visit to Berlin

Last week I visited Berlin in support of delegates from Rikkyo University, the Tokyo Institute for Municipal Research and Shizuoka University. There we met Christian Koch (Court of Audit in Berlin), Dr Guenter Schulz (Berlin Senate Department for Finance of Berlin), Stephanie Landgraf (Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development) and Dr Jan Werner (Center Nahverkehr […]


Shinkansen in London

This week I was lucky enough to be able to attend the 5th World Congress of the Association of Town Centre Management and the International Downtown Association. Earlier in the week I attended a pre-congress study tour, which consisted of a ride on the Japanese-built Olympic Javelin train from St Pancras to the new Stratford […]


Tsunami Preparation

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has prepared a website in English for advice on how to prepare for tsunamis when visiting Japan. You can view the Tsunami Preparation site here.


Just Like Honey

Tokyo Metropolitan Government has released the anime short “Welcome to TOKYO” on its website. It consists of “HONEY TOKYO,” a cartoon which presents Tokyo’s charm as seen through the eyes of a 16-year-old girl, Honey, who comes from the future; and “RALLY TOKYO,” a virtual quiz rally with the characters of “Honey Tokyo” showing Tokyo’s […]


Capital costs

The London Mayor has today announced a rise in the London Living Wage, to £7.85 an hour. Among the businesses throwing their weight behind the social responsibility initiative is the Japanese securities firm Nomura, who will now pay this lifestyle costs reflective minimum wage to service staff in their London offices.


Japanese Garden Party and 50th Anniversary of the Nippon Club

Deputy Director Yamaguchi of the JLGC attended a ceremony to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Nippon Club on Sunday 24th May and the Japanese Garden Party held in Hammersmith Park. The garden party was held to mark the centenary of the 1910 Japan-British Exhibition. Maintained by Hammersmith and Fulham Council and volunteers from the […]


Banking Crisis Management and Local Governance

Hiroaki Kodama, Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law of Hakuoh University, will today speak to Japanese officials at JLGC about ‘Banking Crisis Management and Local Governance’. The talk will address what countermeasures a Japanese local authority can take when a regional bank fails, specifically focusing on policy-making during emergencies. The talk is part of […]


Rakugo in Edinburgh

Motoko Tsujii of the JLGC visited the city of Edinburgh on 18 May to attend the ‘Rakugo in Edinburgh’ event, presented by the Consulate General of Japan, the University of Edinburgh, the Japan Society of Scotland, the Japan Foundation London and the Japan Local Government Centre. Featuring the 5th Katsura Yonedanji, one of the most […]


The Japan-British Exhibition of 1910: A historical re-assessment 100 years on

There will be a lecture featuring the 1910 Japan-British Exhibition on 16 June 2010 from 6.30pm at the Japan Foundation in Russell Square, London. Featured in March’s issue of ‘Myriad Leaves’, the exhibition celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. According to the Japan Foundation website events page, the lecture will bring together a range of […]