Inlogov and Japan partnerships

Professor Nakamura and Associate Professor Masao Kikuchi from the Department of Public Management at Meiji University visited Inlogov at the University of Birmingham in March to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two universities. They also took part in a roundtable discussion on Trust chaired by Simon Baddeley, attended by Eileen Dunstan, Chris Game, […]


Building a Sustainable Solid Waste System

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Waste Workshop took place at London City Hall this week. Among the speakers were Yasuo Furusawa, Deputy Director of Resource Recovery Section, Waste Management Division, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (‘Tokyo Super Eco-Town Project and the Role of Gasification’) and Natsuko Matsuoka, Zero Waste Academy, Japan (‘Building Zero Waste Communities’).


Japanese municipalities halved in 11 years, 1,727 by end of March

It has been confirmed that the central government-led “large scale consolidation programme of the Heisei era (the current emperor’s reign)” finishing on the March 31st, has resulted in 1,727 municipalities being formed by merger. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, after the consolidation to incorporate Kuni Village into Nakanojou Town (both in […]


Japan-UK Local Links Conference

On the 16th of March 2010 the Embassy of Japan in the UK and the Japan Local Government Centre hosted the second Japan-UK Local Links Conference. The conference provided the opportunity for local authorities in the UK who have ties with a counterpart in Japan, either as official sister-cities or more informally, to come together […]


Japan Study Tour 2010 – Tokyo and Kyoto

25TH JULY – 4TH AUGUST 2010 View flyer (PDF) Applications are now open for the Japan Local Government Centre’s Japan Study Tour 2010. The tour aims to foster a deeper understanding of Japan, its culture and system of local government, and encourage the exchange of ideas and information. It is an ideal opportunity for senior […]


North East of England becomes electric car hub

As widely reported in the media today, the UK’s first mass market electric car, the Nissan Leaf, will be built in Sunderland. The move safeguards existing jobs at the plant and creates a number of additional high value jobs in the North East, a Low Carbon Economic Area and an Electric Car Hub. In July […]


Maintaining JLGC’s ties with INLOGOV

For a long time – pretty much since its inception – JLGC has enjoyed good links with the Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham, the oldest and most respected academic department specialising in local government in the country. As one important element in that relationship, the Institute ran a two-week special […]


Baby boomer regeneration?

The Centre for Remote and Rural Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland has recently published a briefing paper ‘Demographic Change and Retirement Migration in Japan’. The paper can be downloaded here (PDF).


Visit to Birmingham

Last week staff of the Japan Local Government Centre accompanied a delegation of professors from Hokkaido University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies to the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Local Government Studies (Inlogov), hosted by Dr Peter Watt. Topics discussed included local government finance and the Barnett Formula.


Visit to The Netherlands

This week, staff from JLGC went to The Hague and Amsterdam to examine initiatives to support human resources and staff development in local government in the Netherlands. VNG (Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeententrip), the Association of Netherlands Municipalities directs such projects and has a national strategy to attract citizens into a career in local government, with […]