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International Affiliation Exchange Commendation

International Affiliation Exchange Commendation (Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Award)

Overview

Since 2006, CLAIR has been implementing this project alongside the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). It aims to award local governments that are engaged in exemplary international exchange efforts and lead to further exchange of ideas between local governments and improved international exchange.

2015 winning entry

The winners of the Ministers Award in 2015 were Shizukuishi International Exchange Association (Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Prefecture), Tokimeki International Exchange Association / Odawara City (Kanagawa Prefecture), and Wadayama Association of International Cultural Exchange (Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture).

Winning organisationPartner organisationDownload project overview (Japanese only)
Shizukuishi International Exchange Association
(Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Prefecture)
Bad Wimpfen
Neckarsulm
(Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Press Release
(PDF:298KB)
Tokimeki International Exchange Association
Odawara City
(Kanagawa Prefecture)
Manly Council Sister Cities Committee
City of Manly
(New South Wales, Australia)
Wadayama Association of International Cultural Exchange
(Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture)
People's Education Foundation of Inner Mongolia
Hohhot Minzu College
(China)

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony took place at the Office of State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications on 11th May 2016.

Past winning organisations by year

International Affiliation Exchange Commendation

YearWinning organisationDownload project overview (Japanese only)
2014
(9th event)
Asahikawa City (Hokkaido Prefecture)
Kariya City (Aichi Prefecture)
Yokkaichi City (Mie Prefecture)
*Toyone Saudi Arabia Friendship Steering Committee received the Judging Panel Encouragement Prize.
Press Release
(PDF:232KB)
Winning organization overviews
(PDF:1.46MB)
2013
(8th event)
Matsue City (Shimane Prefecture)
Oita City (Oita Prefecture)
Press Release(PDF:232KB)
Winning organisation overviews(PDF:1000KB)
2012
(7th event)

Mito City International Association (Ibaraki Prefecture)
Oobu City (Aichi Prefecture)
Suo Oshima Town(Yamaguchi Prefecture)

Press Release(PDF:475.9KB)
Winning organisation overviews(PDF:695.9KB)

Sister City Exchange Commendation

YearWinning organisationDownload project overview (Japanese only)
2011
(6th event)
Yokosuka City (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Kamaishi City (Iwate Prefecture)
Taketa City (Oita Prefecture)
Press Release (PDF:383KB)
Winning organisation overviews (PDF:1.8MB)
2010
(5th event)
Takasaki City (Gunma Prefecture)
Kanazawa City (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Miyagi-Belarus Association (Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture)
Press Release (PDF:319KB)
Winning organisation overviews (PDF:1.5MB)
2009
(4th event)
Shikaoi Town (Hokkaido Prefecture)
Kyoto Prefecture
Kitakyushu City (Fukuoka Prefecture)
Press Release (PDF:331KB)
Winning organisation overviews (PDF:1.5MB)
2008
(3rd event)

Tobetsu Town (Hokkaido Prefecture)
Takayama-Denver Friendship Association (Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)
Ichikikushikino Salinas Sister City Association
(Ichikikushikino City, Kagoshima Prefecture)
*Kyoto prefecture was awarded the judging panel encouragement prize

Press Release (PDF:215KB)
Winning organisation overviews (PDF:3.5MB)
2007
(2nd event)
Hyogo Prefecture
Kanra Town (Gunma Prefecture)
Naruto City (Tokushima Prefecture)
Press Release (PDF:237KB)
2006
(1st event)
Yokkaichi City (Mie Prefecture)
Give Wind Turbines to Mongolia Project (Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture)
*The Nagasaki-Saint Paul Sister City Committee (Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture) was awarded the judging panel encouragement prize
Press Release (PDF:215KB)

Local Government International Exchange Award Judging Panel

*Honorifics omitted (correct as of 24 February 2016)

NameAffiliation/position
Mr. Akira NAKAMURA Professor Emeritus, Meiji University, Panel Head
Mr. Katsutoshi ENOKIDA Professor, Faculty of Global Culture and Communication, Aichi Shukutoku University, Representative Panel Head
Ms. Michiyo ARITA Director, Kansai NPO Alliance (KNA)
Mr. Yasuhiro KANADANI President, Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities (JIAM)
Ms. Yoshiko KUNI Professor, Department of Education, Tokyo Gakugei University
Ms. I KOU President, TEN-I Corporation
Mr. Toshihiro MENJU Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, JCIE
Mr. Satoshi UEMURA

Director, International Affairs Office at the Local Administration Bureau Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Mr. Kenji SAEGUSA Executive Director, Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR)

For Enquiries
International Exchange Division
Tel : +81-3-5213-1723
Fax : +81-3-5213-1742
Email : shimai@clair.or.jp
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