Sister City Information
CLAIR provides information and resources to local governments about sister city exchange.
- Sister city relationships in Japan - Overview
Here you can find general information about all sister city relationships in Japan (updated every month)
- Sister city relationships in Japan - Details
Detailed information about sister city relationships in Japan including lists organised by Prefecture and Country.
- Finding a sister city
A list of local governments in Japan currently looking to start a sister city relationship.
- Sister city relationships FAQ
International Exchange Commendation
Find out more about CLAIRs efforts to support the local governments of Japan such as the International Exchange Commendation (Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Award).
- International Exchange Commendation (Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Award)
This award is presented to local governments who engage in exemplary international exchange efforts. This award is jointly administered with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and awarded by the Minister.
Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar
Find out more about the Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar.
- Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar
CLAIR invites management staff from overseas local governments, and executive-level employees from organisations responsible for promoting international exchange and cooperation to take part in the Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar. The seminar provides information about the current situation faced by local governments in Japan and aims to increase mutual awareness of local governance.
Regional International Exchange Activities
Here you can find out about CLAIR’s regional international exchange activities. Local governments with similar interests meet to seek mutual understanding and possible solutions to various issues and to create cooperative relationships among themselves.
- Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Local Government Exchange Conference
Japan, China, and South Korea are historically and geographically closely related, and they share unique issues. This conference was established in 1999 with the objective of promoting local government relations and cooperation and has been held every year since.
- Japan-France Local Government Exchange Conference
This conference was first set up in 2008 so that local governments in Japan and France with sister city relationships could meet and discuss mutual issues held by both sides. It has been held every other year since then.