Visiting IJET, Dublin

Officers of the Japan Local Government Centre visited the Irish capital Dublin on 15 February.  The purpose of the visit was to meet with the Ireland chapter of the JET Alumni Association, IJET. A description of IJET’s mission from their blog: IJET AA aims to maintain and develop interest in Japan and Japanese culture amongst […]


Visit to London

On February 8, JLGC Senior Adviser Nobuharu Hikiba (seconded from Tokyo Metropolitan Government) accompanied members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on a courtesy visit to the Greater London Authority.  Topics discussed included congestion charging. A day later he and I attended the Chatham House ‘Future of Cities’ conference, addressed by Teruyuki Ohno (Director General for […]


Visit to London

By Nobuharu Hikiba Officers of the Japan Local Government Centre accompanied assembly members and directors from Tokyo Metropolitan Government on several visits to London-based bodies on January 29 and February 1, alongside the successful Tokyo City Promotion event held during the weekend of 30/31 January. Visits by TMG directors were made to the Greater London […]


Japanese bank tackles London youth exclusion

The Mayor of London has announced that Nomura will provide £150,000 over three years to the Mayor’s Fund to tackle poverty and disadvantage among young people in the capital. As an active member of the city of London we are proud to be working with the Mayor on this project. Nomura has a long standing […]


Elected mayors research

Research by JLGC’s Andrew Stevens is cited in a new report by the New Local Government Network published today. New Model Mayors: Democracy, Devolution and Direction can be downloaded here (PDF).


Visit to Camden Council

Officers of the Japan Local Government Centre visited the London Borough of Camden on 22 January. Staff from the council presented on its policies around e-government and service transformation.


The Future of Cities

The Future of Cities conference will be held at Chatham House, London 8-9 February. Among the speakers is Teruyuki Ohno, Director General for Climate Strategy at Tokyo Metropolitan Government.


Japanese lessons

The Regeneration and Renewal blog has a post on what the UK can learn from Japanese innovation.


Visit to Local Government Association

The Governor of Yamanashi Prefecture, Shōmei Yokouchi, as well as five officials of Yamanashi Prefectural Government and two from Japan Local Government Centre in London, visited the Local Government Association (UK) on 14 January. The topic for discussion was local government action on climate change in the UK.


Japan opts for UK model of public sector reform

The Guardian‘s Public website has an article on how the new government of Japan is considering introducing UK-style performance management to the public sector.