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Japan-France Local Government Exchange Conference



This Japan-France Local Government Exchange Conference was first held in October 2008 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Japanese-French relations, responding to the call of Nancy, France, and its sister city Kanazawa. Bringing many local governments from Japan and France together, this conference provides an opportunity for them to discuss matters of mutual interests. The event is held every other year.

The 6th Japan-France Local Government Exchange Conference will be held in Kumamoto City !

The 6th Japan-France Local Government Exchange Conference will be held in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture in October this year to commemorate the 160th anniversary of Japan-France relations.
The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for local governments from both countries to discuss the common issues they face.
Participation is open to local governments which have sister city relationships between Japan and France, and also to any local governments with an interest in international exchange.
Please contact us with any enquiries relating to participating in the conference.

Conference Outline
Date Tuesday, 9 October 2018 - Thursday, 11 October 2018
 (On 8-9 October, a study tour programme will be held for participants from France)
Location Hotel Nikko Kumamoto, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture
Topics 【General Meeting】
 Towards Developing an Appealing, Sustainable Society
【Group Meetings】
 1. Accessible Public Transport
 2. Fostering Young Global Talent
 3. Local Government Cooperation
   - Cultural, Economic Development, and Crisis Management Initiatives
The participating local governments will be responsible for all travel and accommodation costs

◆Tuesday, 9 October
 Evening: Welcome Ceremony, Reception

◆Wednesday, 10 October
 Morning: Opening Ceremony, General Meeting
       (Keynote Address, Presentations, etc.)
 Midday: Luncheon
 Afternoon: Group Meetings 1-3
 Evening: Dinner Party

◆Thursday, 11 October
 Morning: General Meeting (Reports from Group Meetings, Declaration),
      Closing Ceremony
 Midday: Luncheon

Past Conferences

YearHosting Local Government
2016 Tours, France
2014 Takamatsu, Japan
2012 Chartres, France
2010 Kanazawa, Japan
2008 Nancy, France
For Enquiries
International Exchange Division
Tel : +81-3-5213-1723
Fax : +81-3-5213-1742
Email :
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