“FinTech Business Camp Tokyo” Accelerator Now Accepting Applications

In November 2017, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) formulated the “Global Financial City: Tokyo” Vision, with the aim of making Tokyo an unrivalled global financial centre. As nurturing of the FinTech industry is key to achieving this Vision, TMG has launched a dedicated accelerator programme “Fintech Business Camp Tokyo.” This programme is targeted at foreign […]


Japan urbanism: lessons for UK cities

Anthony Breach, an analyst at the UK’s Centre for Cities think tank, recently visited Tokyo and Miyagi Prefecture through JLGC’s Japan Study Tour to find out more about how cities function in one of the most urbanised countries on the planet – and what the UK can learn from them. During April and May, Anthony posted […]


Nikkei Glocal: Revitalisation and Rugby

An article by JLGC’s Andrew Stevens has been published in the latest (May 6) edition of the Japanese public executive magazine Nikkei Glocal (‘North East of England: revitalisation to large-scale development in the Tees Valley’). The article looks at recent efforts by the new Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayor Ben Houchen to revitalize the local area through […]


Housing in four world cities: London, New York, Paris and Tokyo

Housing Research Notes are a series of analytical reports from the Greater London Authority (GLA) focusing on individual issues of relevance to housing policy in London.  The latest in the series compares housing supply and the characteristics of the housing stock in four ‘world cities’: London, New York, Paris and Tokyo, which can be downloaded […]


8th Annual Manga Kingdom Tottori International Comic Art Contest Call for Submissions

Full details on the official website. 1. Entry Details Download application forms here (PDF/Word Doc)Download entry guidelines here (PDF/Word Doc) (1) The contest will be accepting submissions under the following three categories. All entries must reflect the theme: “Window”.– 1 frame manga (1 page)– 4 frame manga (1-8 pages)– 4 to 24 page manga story(Artists can submit to multiple categories […]


Sakura in Fukushima

2 April – 11 April 2019 Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT Taking the theme of sakura, cherry blossom, as a metaphor for the rejuvenation of Fukushima following the triple disaster of 2011, NHK Fukushima established the Fukushima Sakura Photo Contest, which also served to highlight the beauty and diversity of the prefecture. […]


The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta

Performance on Monday 1 April 2019. The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is one of the most positive things to emerge from the devastation of the 11 March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in north-eastern Japan. The young musicians of this extraordinary orchestra are thrilled to return to London for a performance full of emotional intensity, […]


Sustainable Development Goals – the Japan Model

Representatives of 93 local governments from across Japan have pledged to work together to align the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with their own regional revitalization strategies. Held in Yokohama, Kanagawa under the initiative of the city and prefectural governments, the SDGs All Japan Meeting 2019 adopted the ‘SDG Japan Model’ to promote collaboration between […]


Entrepreneurial and Innovation Ecosystems in the UK and Japan

JLGC will collaborate as part of a UK-Japan research consortium looking at how policymakers in both countries can better understand the dynamics of economic development and innovation in regions and cities. Led by Edinburgh University, researchers (including JLGC’s Andrew Stevens) will investigate ‘Entrepreneurial and Innovation Ecosystems in the UK and Japan – Place-based policy scenarios […]


Intercultural City Seminar in Tokyo

A seminar on the Intercultural City was held in Tokyo on 21 December 2018. It was organised by the Council of Municipalities with Large Migrant Populations. The Council is a national network of 15 cities which aims to promote migrant integration; its leading city is Hamamatsu, the only Japanese member of the Intercultural Cities (ICC) […]