Visit to Germany

Last week, a delegation from JLGC went to Germany. The trip had a number of purposes – one was to look at recent developments in Hamburg. The German ‘city states’ Hamburg, Berlin and Bremen have powers which both Japanese and UK councils can only dream about – under the highly devolved German system they are […]


JET Alumni Association AGM in Cardiff

On the 20th and 21st of February members of the Japan Local Government Centre attended the annual general meeting of the JET Alumni Association in Cardiff, Wales. The weekend consisted of various sessions during which the JLGC was able to hear all about what JET-AA had been up to over the past year. From the […]


Japanese investment in UK green technology

Some news concerning Japanese investment in the UK green technology industry. Firstly, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department for Energy and Climate Change, signalling its intention to invest up to £100m in UK wind turbine R&D projects, with up to 200 highly skilled jobs to be created by […]


Visit to Barcelona

Officers of the Japan Local Government Centre visited Barcelona on 22 and 23 February for the European Summit of Local Governments.


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.