Global Devolution: Sapporo City

An independent report by a former UK Deputy Prime Minister has cited the case of Sapporo City in Japan as a leading example of global best practice in city region devolution. Lord Heseltine’s report Empowering English Cities (PDF), commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and backed by six English Metro Mayors, sets out a […]


Best Practices from Japan: Metropolis’ urban sustainability exchange

An initiative of the City of Berlin on behalf of global major cities network Metropolis, the urban sustainability exchange (use) promotes knowledge exchange and connections between cities and professionals working in the field of urban sustainability. In partnership with JLGC as the London Office of CLAIR, use has now developed a series of case studies […]


Gastronomy Tourism – The Case of Japan

The UN World Tourism Organization report on Gastronomy Tourism – The Case of Japan, prepared with the support of the Japan Travel and Tourism Association (JTTA) and Gurunavi, looks at the awareness of gastronomy tourism as a concept in Japan. Based on a survey with the main players in the country, results show that while gastronomy […]


Urban 20 Tokyo Mayors Summit Communiqué on Climate Change, Social Inclusion and Sustainable Economic Growth

The Mayors and Governors of Urban 20 (U20) cities, including Tokyo, Berlin, Jakarta, Rome and Osaka, have presented the Urban 20 Communiqué to Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo ahead of next month’s G20 Summit in Osaka. The Communiqué, endorsed by the leaders of 30 cities representing 126 million people, calls on G20 member states to work […]


“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. […]