NGA Exhibitor profile – Japan Local Government Centre (CLAIR Sydney)

The Japan Local Government Centre/CLAIR Sydney will again exhibit at the National General Assembly to showcase best practices used by Australian and Japanese local governments, and foster collaborations and ties between local governments in the two countries.

CLAIR Sydney is part of the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) a semi-government organisation created by all Japanese prefectures and municipalities and backed by the national government.

One of its goals is to network and establish connections with local government employees in Australia and both provide opportunities for Australian local governments to engage with Japan, such as through the annual Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar, and to provide information to Japanese prefectures and municipalities about best practice and policy in Australia.

CLAIR Sydney officials hope to share information about current challenges for local governments in Japan, and their best practice and policy in response to these challenges, so that Australian local councils may consider these approaches in their own planning and initiatives.

They also hope to encourage interest in Japan as part of the country’s broader strategy of fostering bilateral relations and encouraging inter-council dialogue.

The booth will also host tourism information on behalf of prefectures and municipalities in Japan, as Japan’s prefectures and municipalities are responsible for tourism promotion.

In addition, the booth will also advertise the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosted by Japan, Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and 2021 World Masters Games in Kansai.