2016 bid enters final straight

As noted over at the Tokyo 2016 blog, the IOC’s Evaluation Commission Report has been published ahead of the final vote in Copenhagen on 2 October to determine the host city for the 2016 Olympics. Highlights of Tokyo 2016’s evaluation include: “The Games concept is based on providing minimum travel time for athletes and other […]


From Kansai to Caledonia

Discussion Forum – Thursday 3rd September 2009 at 6pm Engineering Scotland and Japan: Past, Present and Future 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ The Royal Society of Edinburgh recognises the long-standing scientific links between Scotland and Japan, particularly in the area of engineering. Scottish and Japanese representatives from academia and industry will present on the […]


Sustainable urbanism in Japan

In the latest Town and Country Planning, the journal of the Town and Country Planning Association (of which the centre is a member), there’s an article by Will Galloway of frontofficetokyo on Japan’s urban fringe and what lessons Japanese suburbs have to offer the west, citing the example of Toyama City. The article is reproduced […]


On the ball

The International Rugby Board Council has awarded Rugby World Cup 2015 to England and Rugby World Cup 2019 to Japan. Mayor of London press release


Wearside works

Following last week’s announcement by Toyota, there’s more good news for Japanese investment in the English regions with the decision of Nissan to locate its European electric car battery manufacturing at their Sunderland site. The decision coincides with the government’s plan to make the North East the first Low Carbon Economic Area. Nissan was actively […]


Think global, act local

The New Local Government Network have published Local Experiences, Global Perspectives: Local government across the world, a collection of from local politicians and thinkers from around the world, looking at localist policies and new ideas on community engagement. The collection includes a contribution by Kanagawa Prefecture Governor Shigefumi Matsuzawa, on the use of local election […]


From Kyoto to Kettering

From Kyoto to Kettering is a new report by the LGA on the role of local authorities in tackling climate change. You can read more here.


Urban Champion

As the campaign moves up a gear ahead of October’s IOC meeting in Copenhagen, Tokyo 2016 has published with Monocle a rather attractive brochure setting out the practical case for the 2016 Games coming to Tokyo, which you can download here. Nobuharu Hikiba of Tokyo Metropolitan Government recently joined our office as the Tokyo 2016 […]



At our stall for the 2009 LGA Conference in Harrogate from 30th June to 2nd July, JLGC will present case studies of Japanese local government best practice in the areas of environment, technology in care for the aged, and industry and employment. You can also download the PDF documents here: 1) Technology in care for […]


Regional regeneration through hosting international events

Details of the 2009 Japan Study Tour to Tokyo and Hokkaido, including all application forms, are now available. This year’s theme is “regional regeneration through hosting international events”. This year’s tour, which is aimed at senior level staff of British local authorities and associated bodies, will include a visit to Tōyako, host venue of the […]