Local Partnership Cooperation
Local governments and communities play a major role in fostering good international relations across a wide range of fields. MOFA implements various measures to strengthen cooperation with local governments and communities engaged in international efforts in various fields with an aim to reinforce the comprehensive diplomatic capacity of the nation under the slogan of “All-Japan”.
MOFA carries out various cooperative projects with local governments and other parties concerned to achieve those goals by placing particular emphasis on introducing the attractions of local communities to the world, supporting the internationalization of local communities, and providing a broad range of information on international exchanges. MOFA lays special emphasis on supporting communities in counteracting damage by harmful rumors related to the Great East Japan Earthquake and revitalization of local industries and local economies.
Local Partnership Cooperation in Japan
Iikura Guest House Reception
Foreign Minister and a head of local government co-host a reception for the diplomatic corps, etc. in the Iikura Guest House to promote a variety of charms of Japanese local regions.
Local to Global Project
Foreign Minister and high level officials of the Ministry visit local regions of Japan together with the diplomatic corps in Japan, share their wonderfulness, discuss with local people and convey their region's attractiveness to the world in order to make links between Japanese local regions and the world and support further local revitalization.
Regional Promotion Seminar
MOFA and local governments co-host seminars in Tokyo to introduce various features of local regions to the diplomatic corps in Japan. The local governments also introduce their local products such as food and sake.
Diplomats' Study Tour
Local Partnership Cooperation Forum
MOFA hosts seminars in Tokyo for local governments and municipalities officials to contribute to their international exchange activities. The forum includes foreign policy lectures and group discussions on current international topics followed by a reception for networking with the diplomatic corps.
Ambassadors' visits to local regions
Japanese ambassadors / consul-generals actively visit local regions in Japan to talk about various issues of their assigned countries and regions including sister-city exchange activities with a view to deepening understanding of Japan's diplomatic activities during their temporary home visits, etc.
Monthly Glocal News
Delivers information on MOFA's regional cooperation projects, regional international activities and international exchanges, sister city recruitments, etc. by local governments and municipalities.
Local Partnership Cooperation Overseas
Local promotional event at Diplomatic / Consular facilities
Japanese local governments and municipality and diplomatic / consular missions abroad co-host seminars and / or receptions events to promote their local charms and products and to support to tourism at the diplomatic / consular facilities (embassies, consulates, official residences, culture centers, etc.)
Local Promotion Project
This project promotes local attractiveness to increase export of local products and to boost tourism as part of regional revitalization. It is also expected that the project helps to wipe out international reputational damages caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and to remove / ease import / travel restrictions.
Japanese diplomats' visits to local regions and municipalities
Heads of the diplomatic / consular missions and / or their members visit local municipalities in their assigned countries (regions) and have meetings with their local counterparts to enhance international exchanges with Japanese local governments and municipalities and to support economic activities of their Japanese companies abroad through hearing views and requests of Japanese business communities.
Meeting with local governments and municipalities
Japanese diplomatic / consular missions abroad hold meetings with local governments and municipalities under their jurisdictions to support and further promote their international exchanges and economic exchanges such as sister city / friendship city alliance.
Local partnership cooperation officers
Local partnership cooperation officers are assigned to all Japanese diplomatic / consular missions abroad as a focal point of the missions to deal with issues relating to local governments and municipalities.