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International Exchange Commendation

International 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.

2017 winning entry

The winners of the Ministers Award in 2017 were Bunkyo City (Tokyo Metropolis), Hamada City (Shimane Prefecture), and Takamatsu City (Kagawa Prefecture).

Winning organisationPartner organisationDownload project overview (Japanese only)
Bunkyo City (Tokyo Metropolis) Kaiserslautern (Germany) Press Release (PDF:675KB)
Winning organization overviews (PDF:1.79MB)
Hamada City (Shimane Prefecture) Trashi Yangtse and Western Bhutan (Bhutan)
Takamatsu City (Kagawa Prefecture) Tours (France)

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony took place at the Office of State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications on 18th May 2018.

Past winning organisations by year

International Exchange Commendation

YearWinning organisationDownload project overview (Japanese only)
2016
(11th event)
Niigata City (Niigata Prefecture)
Yamato Takada Lismore Sister City Association (Nara Prefecture)
Uchiko Town (Ehime Prefecture)
Press Release (PDF:498KB)
Winning organization overviews (PDF:1.95MB)
2015
(10th event)
Shizukuishi International Exchange Association (Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Prefecture)
Tokimeki International Exchange Association Odawara City (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Wadayama Association of International Cultural Exchange (Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture)
Press Release (PDF:298KB)
Winning organization overviews (1.69MB)
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 1 December 2017)

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. Shigeru MATSUZAKI 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. Masataka KAZAHAYA

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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