Global slowdown, local solutions

While councils here continue to respond actively and innovatively to recession, so do local authorities around the world. This LGA study reflects on council activity in 14 countries, identifies trends in good practice, and draws lessons about the importance of decentralised delivery at home. In doing so, the report shows how local authorities in other […]


Japan Day Seminar 2009

The Recession One Year On: Strategies and Solutions for Local Communities The Japan Day Seminar is an annual event hosted by the Japan Local Government Centre to raise awareness of Japan and Japanese local government and provide a real-time opportunity to exchange information and ideas on local government policy and best practice concerning both the […]


Case study: Creating new industry through glass recycling

Itabashi, one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, is currently engaged in a glass recycling programme in partnership with a wide range of private enterprises which aims to open up new markets using useful products made from discarded glass. The programme involves the local authority providing glass bottles to a manufacturer, who then processes […]


East Meets West End

There’s been no end of media coverage for yesterday’s unveiling of Oxford Circus’ new diagonal pedestrian crossing, which was modelled on Tokyo’s iconic Shibuya crossing. The Embassy of Japan and Japan Local Government Centre were both in attendance at the ceremony, which was opened by London mayor Boris Johnson: This project is a triumph for […]


Sustainability in Sutton

Last month a visiting party of academics from the Local Public Policy and Human Resource Research Centre (LORC), Ryukoku University, Japan, met with council officers at the London Borough of Sutton to discuss the work of the Sutton Partnership in challenging climate change and promoting local sustainability. The meeting which took place at Bioregional’s offices […]


Mayors in Action United Against Poverty

At the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2009, Japan Local Government Centre has joined hands with millions of people around the world in the initiative ‘Mayors in Action United Against Poverty’ an initiative of UN Millennium Campaign and UCLG acting together for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). […]



Japan Local Government Centre would like to thank all the British organisations who assisted the Tokyo 2016 bid during the campaign and extends its congratulations to Rio de Janeiro in winning its bid to host the games.


In praise of lean

The recently relaunched Local Government Chronicle website carries an interview with ubiquitous management guru John Seddon. Interestingly, it mentions that much of Seddon’s lean management mantra is borrowed from Taiichi Ohno, the much vaunted founder of the Toyota Production System or ‘Just In Time’ process: What Ohno was doing was to say ‘don’t codify methods, […]


LGA/IDeA international symposium

2 October 2009, 10:00-15:30 Local Government House, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ Japan Local Government Centre and the Embassy of Japan will be participating in this LGA/IDeA event, aimed at offering international and local perspectives through keynote sessions, panel debate and interactive discussion groups on five key policy areas: * Climate change * Tackling and […]


All the fun of the Matsuri

Londonist has a fairly wide-ranging selection of pictures and commentary for last weekend’s Japan Matsuri.