The Local Government Exchange & Cooperation Seminar

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The Local Government Exchange & Cooperation Seminar is a study tour that provides senior executives from government and peak organizations in the Oceania with the opportunity to meet with Japanese public officials, to study Japanese public administration first-hand, and to exchange ideas and expertise with local staff and fellow participants.

Over the course, participants attend lectures, take part in workshops, and visit local government offices, where they receive extensive exposure to the workings of Japanese government. An additional and equally important part of the program is the home-stay with a local family, which immerses each visitor in the daily life and culture of Japan.

The 7 CLAIR offices located all over the globe are currently expanding such activities and will offer a wider range of services to accommodate the requests of individual local governments and facilitate their economic activities abroad.

See more information about the Local Government Exchange & Cooperation Seminar.

Applications are now open!

2017 Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar in Japan

We are offering eligible participants the opportunity to visit Japan

We are offering eligible participants the opportunity to visit Japan. In order to promote a better understanding of Japanese local governments and culture, the Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar aims to bring together people from Japan, Australia and New Zealand who are working at local governments and related organisations by exchanging information regarding current issues of local governments.Here are the details on this programme’s purpose and Higashine City, which is this year’s host local government.

Seminar details:

2017 Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar includes:

  • Seminars on Japanese Local Government in Tokyo (4 nights) and this year’s host Higashine city (5 nights)
  • Tour of national/local government facilities and cultural sites
  • Homestay with Japanese families
  • Feedback/discussion

Eligible Participants:

  • Applicants must be local government executives or executives involved in the promotion of international exchange and cooperation in their local areas.
  • In addition, applicants from national organisations, research institutes, or other related organisations may be eligible to participate, providing their backgrounds are related to the theme of the Seminar.
  • Up to 5 participants will be accepted from Australia and New Zealand.

Schedule:  The seminar will be held from Monday 12 to Wednesday 21 February 2018

Seminar Theme:

① Town planning and personal development through child care measures and education geared towards population growth.

② Efforts by regional cities to encourage more international tourists to visit by making full use of local resources.


  • Expenses incurred for the Seminar registration and materials will be borne by CLAIR.
  • Any expenses prior to arrival in Japan and after departing from Japan shall be borne by participants
  • Expenses incurred during the Seminar period in Japan will be borne by CLAIR.


To apply, please fill in the Form and send it to by Friday 13 October 2017.

  • For more details of the seminar, please refer to the Outline.
  • Please note that there is a limit to the number of participants (5), the outcome of your application will be made available to you by the middle of November 2017.

If you have any questions about the Seminar, please feel free to contact us at or on 02 9241 5033. We look forward to your application.



About the host local government Higashine City:

-Overview of Higashine City-

Higashine city is located in Yamagata prefecture which is in the northeast of Japan (also known as the Tohoku region). Its population is 47,622 (as of 1 July 2017) and has an area of 206.94 km².

It is located in the Murayama basin, in the middle of Yamagata prefecture, with Sendai city in the east and Yamagata city and Tendou city in the south. The area is also renowned for its beautiful nature, relaxing hot springs, and thanks to its convenient location and transport infrastructure, it is strong in a number of different industries including agriculture and manufacturing.




-Surrounding sites and attractions-

The importance of water in the local food culture

Yakifu is a traditional Japanese food made from gluten extracted from wheat flour, which is then grilled and dried. The local yakifu is made using the region’s delicious crystal clear water and the recipe has been perfected over the years (ever since the Edo Period; 1603-1867) by the local manufacturers. Learn more about the local food culture while enjoying freshly grilled yakifu!

Sake brewery (Rokkasen)

The name of our sake, Rokkasen, is inspired by the six immortals of Japanese poetry of the mid-9th century. Our goal was to brew a sake that flows as smoothly as the lines written by these Japanese poetry masters. We invite you to enjoy the elegant and refined taste of Rokkasen!

Mogami River Boat Tour

Leave all your troubles behind as you embark on a leisurely boat ride down the Mogami River. The surrounding scenery will take your breath away and the views can be enjoyed all year round. To top it all off, the boatman will serenade you and your group with traditional songs popular amongst the locals.


     Past seminars:


Date: 12 February –  22 February 2017

Host organization: Masuda City


        ■Inviting Foreign tourist for a small provincial city

■Promoting wide-range cooperation with adjacent cities for tourism


Date: 1 November –  11 November 2015

Host organization: Yamato Takada City


Meaning of Sister City Exchange

Harmonise Town Planning and Heritage Conservation

       2015 Local Government Exchange and Co-operation Seminar




Date: 16 November – 26 November 2014

Host organization: Sakaide City

Making the Best use of Regional Characteristics

         2014 Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar



Date: 2 February – 12 February 2014

Host organization: Aomori prefecture

Promoting winter tourism and educational tours making the best use of local resources

 2013 Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar


Date: 28 October – 7 November

Host organization: Aichi prefecture

1. Using art, culture, and tourism to enhance Aichi prefecture
**International Art Festival — “Aichi Triennale”**
2. ”Eco mobility life”: a campaign which encourages prefectural residents to rethink relying on just their car as a means of transportation in every day life


Date: 6 November – 16 November

Host organization: Okayama prefecture

Community revitalization and development through citizens’ involvement and initiatives


Date:  7 November – 17 November

Host organization: Okayama prefecture

1. Making an environmentally friendly city
2. Approach to community welfare services, especially those for the elderly