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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.

2020 winning entry

The winners of the Ministers Award in 2020 were MIE JAPAN-CHINA FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION, Nayoro-Lindsay Sister City Committee, and Tsuruoka-New Brunswick Friendship Association.

Winning organisationPartner organisationDownload project overview (Japanese only)
MIE JAPAN-CHINA FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION Henan Province among others (China) Press Release(PDF:1.6MB)
Winning organization evaluation points(PDF:341KB)
Nayoro-Lindsay Sister City Committee
Lindsay-Nayoro twinning committee(Canada)
Tsuruoka-New Brunswick Friendship Association
New Brunswick City,
New Brunswick Sister Association(United States)

Past winning organisations by year

International Exchange Commendation

YearWinning organisationDownload project overview (Japanese only)
2019
(14th event)
Toyama Prefecture
City of Kyoto
Satsumasendai City (Kagoshima Prefecture)
Press Release (PDF:1.2MB)
Winning organization evaluation points(PDF:672.6KB)
2018
(13th event)
Shiga Prefecture
Shinshiro City (Aichi Prefecture)
Tachikawa-San Bernardino Sister City Committee
(Tachikawa City,Tokyo Metropolis)
Press Release(PDF:1.2MB)
Winning organization overviews(PDF:1.8MB)
2017
(12th event)
Bunkyo City (Tokyo Metropolis)
Hamada City (Shimane Prefecture)
Takamatsu City (Kagawa Prefecture)
Press Release (PDF:675KB)
Winning organization overviews (PDF:1.79MB)
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 2020)

NamePosition/Affiliation
NAKAMURA Akira Professor Emeritus, Meiji University
ENOKIDA Katsutoshi Professor Emeritus, Aichi Shukutoku University
AGATA Koichiro Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University
ARITA Michiyo Secretary General, International Cultural Exchange Associations(ICEA)
Director, Kansai NPO Alliance (KNA)
KUNI Yoshiko Professor, Department of Education, Tokyo Gakugei University
KOU I President, TEN-I Corporation
FUJIWARA Michitaka President, Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities (JIAM)

KAMIBOU Katsunori

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

TORITA Kohei 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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