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!

2016 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 Masuda City, which is this year’s host local government.

Seminar details:

2016 Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar includes:

  • Seminars on Japanese Local Government in Tokyo (4 nights) and this year’s host Masuda city (6 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 through CLAIR Sydney.

Schedule:  The seminar will be held from Sunday 12 to Wednesday 22 February 2017

Seminar Theme:

① Attracting international tourists to small provincial towns

② Fostering wide-ranging cooperation with adjacent cities for tourism


  • 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 16 September 2016.

  • 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 2016.

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 Masuda City:

― Let nature’s sparkle heal your heart in Masuda City! ―

Masuda city is located in Shimane prefecture which is in the northwest of Japan. Facing the Sea of Japan, Masuda is blessed with rich nature where people can enjoy shoreline sceneries and lots of history at the same time.

Masuda City has a population of 48,219 (as of 30 June 2016) and is a good departure point to the nearby towns of Tsuwano in Shimane and Hagi in Yamaguchi.

Hagi-Iwami Airport which opened more than 20 years ago enables residents and travellers alike to go directly to Tokyo and Osaka, increasing the areas accessibility. Masuda city, Tsuwano and Hagi are working together to increase tourism by promoting the regions vast nature and abundant variety of food.

In addition, the Takatsu river, which flows through Masuda and Tsuwano, is one of the cleanest rivers in Japan. You can enjoy catching sweetfish which is common in Masuda.


Spectacular medieval history

Sesshu Garden

Sesshu Toyo was the most prominent Japanese founder of monochromatic ink-wash painting. He spent the later part of his life in Masuda and painted some of his masterpieces there. He was also a garden designer, designing what is now called Sesshu Garden. There are two gardens and a Memorial Museum in Masuda. You can relax and unwind there whilst enjoying local cuisine in a medieval setting.

Settsh garden

Historical Documents

A lot of historical documents left by feudal warlords have been carefully preserved in Masuda. By observing these historic documents, you can see old townscapes and names of places from feudal times.

Sake brewery

It is said that Shimane is the home of Japanese Sake and there are a lot of sake breweries in Masuda. Sake is brewed following the same recipe used in feudal times. The brewing process can be observed in February which is when breweries in Masuda begin the sake making process.





     Past seminars:


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