Japan Study Tour

Activities and Events


SHIZUOKA CITY & TOKYO 16-22 January 2022 


Mount Fuji from Shizuoka Prefecture (Picture ©JNTO 2014)

Download the following files to apply  – please return the completed Word document saved with your own name as the file name and send to: mailbox@jlgc.org.uk

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Notice about COVID-19 

JLGC is proceeding with recruitment for JST 2022 on the basis that it will go ahead as planned.  HOWEVER, applicants can only apply on the understanding that the tour may be cancelled at the last minute depending on any public health measures taken by the Government of Japan at the time of the tour.  JLGC takes no responsibility for any costs to participants caused by late cancellation and applicants are advised to check with airlines re cancellation policies in such circumstances and repayment of flights costs. 

JLGC London each year invites senior executives in local government and staff working in the public sector within the jurisdiction of the countries covered by our office (the UK, Republic of Ireland and other countries within Northern Europe) to Japan for a week-long tour and series of seminars and workshops: to exchange best practice, opinions and information on the current state and issues of local autonomy, and to deepen understanding of each others local autonomy systems. 

This years theme is  Japanese Municipalities: net zero in local government projects’ and will give a general overview of local government in Japan, as well as an opportunity to look at the division of roles between different tiers of local authorities and the services they deliver. 

JLGCs annual Japan Study Tour will next be hosted by Shizuoka City, in 2022 after an orientation into local government at JLGCs head office CLAIR Tokyo in the capital and site visits to various facilities run by Tokyo Metropolitan Government (details TBC), the city government for one of the worlds largest metropolises. 

The Shizuoka City part of the tour will help participants learn how Japanese cities of varying scale improve local services through a devolved local government system. Participants will see a wide spectrum of best practice and local government strategies including net zero using renewable energy, waste management and protecting the environment. 

JLGC invites applicants from senior level staff of UK/Northern European local government and public sector organisations to join this seven-day tour to see how Japan tackles challenges for the future. 

Successful applicants will be asked to attend an orientation meeting at JLGC London offices, potentially online, during December (exact date TBC). 

The Tour schedule details are currently tentative and will be updated on this page – follow @jlgclondon on Twitter for updates of these details. 

For more information or to request the application form and guidance document send an email, with “JST 2022 Shizuoka” in the subject bar to mailbox@jlgc.org.uk. 

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Coronavirus measures to be implement through the tour: 

The tour will take place under the “Three Cs” policy of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, avoiding the following situations: 

“Three Cs” 

Closed spaces 

Crowded places 

Close-contact settings 

Reference to Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website (in English): 


Participants infected with coronavirus during the tour: 

If participants are suspected of being infected with coronavirus, they will be at referred to a medical professional for infectious diseases. (In the case of mild illness, it may be medical treatment at a hotel etc.) 

CLAIR will provide all appropriate support from discharge (treatment completion) to return from Japan but will not provide financial assistance.  All expenses related to illness not covered by CLAIR supplied medical insurance for the duration of the tour will be borne by the participant. 

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