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The Honorable Margaret Reynolds, Chairperson of ACELG, Visits JLGC, New York

 We were very pleased to have the Honorable Margaret Reynolds visit our office on April 2nd. For the past several years she has been serving as Chairperson of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), in which capacity she works closely with our colleagues at JLGC Sydney, and her visit provided the opportunity for a lively discussion about local government in Australia compared to the US, as well as the historical and cultural factors underpinning our very different political and administrative systems. We also greatly enjoyed hearing about her work on Aboriginal and other human rights issues, and her current position as State Manager for National Disability Services in Hobart, Tasmania.


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Disaster Response: The gas explosion in Spanish Harlem
New York City’s emergency services swung immediately into action following an apparent natural gas explosion that brought down two buildings on Park Avenue between 116th and 117th Streets on Wednesday, March 12th, at around 9:30 in the morning.
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Who Knows Japan Better? A JET alumna promotes tourism
One very helpful service provided by the JET alumni is their ability to talk about Japan with people in their home countries, whether about the society and culture, food, places to visit, or current events.

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Fukushima University Group Visits JLGC

A group of students from Fukushima University came to JLGC on Friday, March 7th, as part of their visit to New York arranged by the Kakehashi Project, which is commissioned by the Japan-US Educational Commission and carried out by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Laurasian Institute.


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The Honorable Margaret Reynolds, Chairperson of ACELG, Visits JLGC, New York

 We were very pleased to have the Honorable Margaret Reynolds visit our office on April 2nd. For the past several years she has been serving as Chairperson of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), in which capacity she works closely with our colleagues at JLGC Sydney, and her visit provided the opportunity for a lively discussion about local government in Australia compared to the US, as well as the historical and cultural factors underpinning our very different political and administrative systems. We also greatly enjoyed hearing about her work on Aboriginal and other human rights issues, and her current position as State Manager for National Disability Services in Hobart, Tasmania.

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JLGC NEWS LETTER (March 2014) - UPDATE!!

  • The 2014 JETAA Regional Conference in Boston 

  • New York Times Travel Show 2014

  • CLAIR Fellowship Exchange Program 2013

  • Japan Week 2014                                                              


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Disaster Response: The gas explosion in Spanish Harlem

New York City’s emergency services swung immediately into action following an apparent natural gas explosion that brought down two buildings on Park Avenue between 116th and 117th Streets on Wednesday, March 12th, at around 9:30 in the morning.

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Who Knows Japan Better? A JET alumna promotes tourism

One very helpful service provided by the JET alumni is their ability to talk about Japan with people in their home countries, whether about the society and culture, food, places to visit, or current events.

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Fukushima University Group Visits JLGC

A group of students from Fukushima University came to JLGC on Friday, March 7th, as part of their visit to New York arranged by the Kakehashi Project, which is commissioned by the Japan-US Educational Commission and carried out by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Laurasian Institute.

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“Tohoku Tomo” Premiers in Chicago on March 12th

A new film entitled “Tohoku Tomo”, by Wesley Julian, a Miyagi Prefecture Japan Exchange and Teaching Program participant from 2008 to 2010, will premier in Chicago on Wednesday, March 12th, at the Adler Planetarium.


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‘Food Trucks’ are an Ever-Expanding Entrepreneurial Adventure

Staff from the Japan Local Government Center, attending the annual Congress of Cities in Seattle recently, sat in on a very interesting presentation about ‘mobile food vending’, or what are commonly called ‘food trucks’.

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JETAA Regional Conference at Harvard University’s Reischauer Center

The New England chapter of JETAA USA hosted a regional conference on January 11th and 12th at Harvard University’s Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.

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An Update on the City of Detroit’s Bankruptcy Filing

 As many of you are aware, the City of Detroit filed for bankruptcy under the federal bankruptcy law; it is Chapter 9 under that law. That was in July 2013. The case has been before Judge Steven Rhodes. The filing is not official until the Judge agrees in a ruling, because a municipal government must show that it meets certain conditions before it is allowed to proceed under the terms of the law. That ruling came on 3rd December 2013. Judge Rhodes agreed that the City of Detroit is ‘insolvent’. As a result, he declared that the City of Detroit is eligible for a bankruptcy proceeding under the federal bankruptcy law. That was the main decision to be made by the judge at this stage of financial difficulties facing the city.

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Public Pension Forum Held by the Manhattan Institute to Discuss ‘Crowd-Out’ Issue for Local Governments

 In October, staff from the Japan Local Government Center attended a forum on the fiscal problem facing many if not all local government employee pension systems in the United States. The forum lasted all morning, with two discussion panels of experts on the subject and two keynote speeches. The first panel discussed what the fiscal problem was and the second panel talked about how to fix these fiscal problems.

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Tokyo Governor Announces Expansion of Its JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program Participation

 The Governor of Tokyo, Mr.Inose, announced on November 15th in a regular news conference that Tokyo would expand its participation in the JET Program and hire about 100 ALTs, or Assistant Language Teachers, in 2014. Tokyo has been selected as the host city for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 and is taking this opportunity to move forward with sweeping reform of English education along with promoting further internalization of its overall curriculum. Only five JET participants were employed by Tokyo in 2013, but the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will hire about 100 participants in 2014 and 100 more in 2015. Tokyo expects that high school students will have opportunities to communicate with native English speakers on a daily basis not only in classes but also through a wide variety of school events, and these experiences will help improve practical skills for speaking and listening. In addition to English education, Tokyo hopes that JET Program participants will play a role in international exchange and that high school students who interact with JET participants will volunteer in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Tiffany Award Winners Talk About Revitalizing Their Communities

 

 Japan Local Government Center, in partnership with the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), was proud to host a public seminar on Wednesday evening, November 6th, with this year’s winners of the Tiffany Foundation Award for the Preservation of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture in Contemporary Society. This year’s awards were given to the Association for the Promotion of Ipponsugi Street, in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and to ENVISI, an arts organization in Miyagi Prefecture.

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JETAA USA 2013 Annual Conference Roundup

This year’s JETAA USA National Conference was held from September 26th to the 29th in Minneapolis, with representatives from all 19 US chapters attending.

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『“Japan Night” Reception at CSG National Conference』

 We, Japan Local Government Center, attended the CSG (The Council of States Governments) National Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri, from Sep 19th (Thu) to Sep 22nd (Sun) 2013.
 On the 20th (Fri) from 5pm to 6pm, during the conference, we held the “Japan Local Government Center Reception - Japan Night”.

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Iwate Prefecture’s Ninohe City Sells the Perfect Combination

 The Ambassador’s Residence on the Upper East Side was packed with an overflow crowd on Tuesday, August 27th as New York was treated to an evening reception featuring Japanese sake, lacquer ware, local foods, and koto music from the City of Ninohe in Iwate Prefecture.

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Governor Tasso Gives Thanks for Iwate’s “Tomodachi”

Governor Takuya Tasso of Iwate Prefecture gave a talk at Japan Society in New York on Monday evening, August 26th, entitled “Thank You Tomodachi (Friend)”, to review the events of March 11th, 2011, introduce measures being taken to foster recovery in the prefecture, and to thank everyone for their support since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

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Los Angeles and the fight to reduce congestion

Many Japanese officials may have visited Los Angeles, a sprawling city on the West coast.

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Fellowship Exchange Program

"Fellowship Exchange Program"  ~ Updated for the Fellowship Exchange Program 2013 which will be held in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan !

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Governor Kuroiwa of Kanagawa Prefecture Speaks in New York

Governor Yuji Kuroiwa gave the inaugural talk of his US visit at the Nippon Club on Monday, May 6th, speaking on Kanagawa Prefecture’s recent efforts to develop a Special Zone (tokku) devoted to medical research and the development of new technologies and new approaches to improving the health of and healthcare provision for Japan’s rapidly aging population, with the ultimate goal of being able to export these innovations around the world.

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Inuyama Day at Brooklyn Borough Hall

Japanese calligraphy, swordsmanship, tea ceremony, and other arts and crafts were on display Friday, May 3rd in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall as 40 citizens from the City of Inuyama set up in the plaza to share Japanese art and culture with the citizens of Brooklyn.

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Saga city delegation visits their sister-city, “Glens Falls, NY”

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the sister city relationship established in 1988 between Saga City and Glens Falls, NY, a delegation from Saga City visited Glens Falls and New York City from April 10th to 15th, 2013. The delegation was composed of 27 members, including the Mayor of Saga City, Mr. Toshiyuki Hideshima, a Chairman of the City Council, Mr. Hisao Fukui, and city residents.

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A Taste of Tohoku : Food, Sake, Recipes & Stories

“A Taste of Tohoku : Food, Sake, Recipes & Stories”  was  held  on April 11 at the  Japan Society in New York.

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A new CLAIR Report, “Learning from successful financial reform in St. Lucie County, Florida”, has been released!

The global recession has severely affected not only the business community, but also local governments in the U.S. from the latter half of 2008. Despite the fact that a large number of local governments faced serious financial difficulties, some of them could avert or overcome financial crisis. St. Lucie County, Florida, is one successful example, due to their rapid response to the unfolding crisis.

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“LIVE YOUR DREAM: The Taylor Anderson Story” Premiers in Japan

The Japanese premier of LIVE YOUR DREAM was held on March 4th at the International House in Tokyo. The film tells the story of Taylor Anderson, a JET Program participant from Virginia who worked in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, and perished in the Great East Japan Earthquake.

The film is 85 minutes long and has been subtitled in Japanese. It consists of interviews with Taylor’s family, former teachers, classmates, JET colleagues from Ishinomaki and Miyagi Prefecture, and many of the Japanese people that she came to know, along with photographs and news footage. It relates how she fulfilled the dream arising out of her passion for Japan and how much she grew as a teacher and contributed to the community after she got to the country.

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JET Alumni Meet Prime Minister Abe in D.C.

 On February 22nd, around 15 JET alumni were invited to the reception held by Japan’s Prime Minister Abe in Washington, D.C.

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“Cool Japan”? Maybe…

 Perhaps those who visited Japan might have seen some of these “city mascots.”
 Yes. Believe it or not, these mascots dancing to the tune of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” in the following videos are sponsored by Japanese local governments to promote each jurisdiction, local tourism and local products. They are called “Yuru-Chara”, meaning relaxing mascots. (FYI, the following videos were officially produced by the Japan National Tourism Organization.)

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JET Alumni Meet With Kizuna Project Students From Tohoku Visiting San Francisco

 A group of 35 students from Kozukata High School in Iwate Prefecture and Toride-Shoyou High School in Ibaraki Prefecture visited San Francisco in mid-January to talk about their experiences during and after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami (“3/11”) that devastated much of the Tohoku region of Japan. As part of their visit, the students met with representatives of the JET Alumni Association of Northern California, where Mark Frey, vice president of the chapter, gave a presentation on what current JETs and JET alumni have done since 3/11 to support the people of Tohoku.

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JET Program cited in Proclamation by Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado

On the occasion of the annual National Day Reception, hosted by the Consulate General of Japan in Denver, the State of Colorado presented Consul-General Ono with a Proclamation signed by Governor Hickenlooper announcing 2013 as “THE YEAR OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ENHANCED RELATIONS, FRIENDSHIP, AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN JAPAN AND THE STATE OF COLORADO”. The Proclamation cites this as being the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to the United States, the inauguration of non-stop flights between Colorado and Japan, and the ongoing success of the JET Program, with strong participation by Coloradoans, as contributing to ever-richer relations between the two peoples.

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Mr. Paulo Ziulkoski, President of the Confederacao Nacional dos Municipios, Brazil, Visits JLGC

 Executive Director Takaaki Ogata was pleased to welcome Mr. Paulo Ziulkoski, President of the Confederação Nacional dos Municípios (CNM, National Confederation of Municipalities of Brazil), to Japan Local Government Center / CLAIR, New York, on December 18th for a discussion on the activities carried out by our respective offices and how CLAIR might help CNM to promote greater international cooperation among local governments in Brazil.  Mr. Gustavo Cezário, Director, also joined the meeting via Skype from Brasília.

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Volunteers help New York City struggle back from Hurricane Sandy

 Within the first hours after Hurricane Sandy left the New York City area, family, friends, and neighbors were already helping one another to look for survivors, take in the homeless, deliver food and water to those people who had none, and begin to pick up whatever personal possessions could be salvaged from the wreckage. In the days immediately following, volunteer groups such as Occupy Sandy started to organize relief efforts, moving into the storm-ravaged neighborhoods along the shore to bring supplies and check on survivors.

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The First Peace Message from Hiroshima at Pearl Harbor

  On June 8, Mayor Matsui from the City of Hiroshima visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. He dedicated flowers and gave a speech for visitors. It was the first speech by a Japanese mayor at the Memorial.

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Nagasaki JET alumni meet Nagasaki Governor and Assembly members together with Nagasaki Group in New York

  In early September, Four Nagasaki JET alumni participated in an exchange meeting with a delegation from Nagasaki Prefecture (led by the incumbent Governor Nakamura) and the Nagasaki Association in New York (New York Batten-kai).

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Rocky Mountain JETs Come Out For The Kids

The Rocky Mountain JETAA chapter has been busy with two recent events helping out their various Colorado sister cities.

 

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Resolution No. 12-145 was appreciation to Naomi Maki with her CLAIR report-St. Lucie County, FL

The Board of County Commissioners’ special meeting on July 19, 2012 adopted a resolution expressing appreciation to Naomi Maki with the Japan Local Government Center for choosing to visit and study St. Lucie County, Florida to learn more about its success story relating to its financial and budget challenges, organization restructuring and public/private partnerships.


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A Little Green in a Mass of Concrete: The New Urban Concept

‘Parklet’ is the term for a tiny piece of land that is dedicated for use as a park in an urban environment. Started in 2005 as a project of the design firm, Rebar, in San Francisco, the idea has caught on in Chicago and Philadelphia as well.

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Creating More Powerful and Streamlined Local Government in Japan

  Japans five major political parties reportedly agreed to introduce a bill which enables local governments of a certain population size to change their governing structure. Japan has a two-tier local government system in which the upper tier governments are called prefectures and the lower tiers are cities, towns and villages.

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New York City to Limit Size of Sugary Drinks Sold

 It is always difficult to balance efficient local government administration with open discussion with those residents affected by local government policies. This is particularly important for Japanese local governments where such a balance is not always obvious. The purpose of this short article is to describe what may be termed as ‘how not to engage your residents’ on matters that affect their personal lives.

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Promoting Local Special Food - Udon (Wheat Noodle) Taxi in Kagawa

 Each local area has its own special food. Especially in Japan, there are various kinds of local food and some of them are very famous. The residents love the food, and many tourists visit such places to explore a special local taste, which enriches their travel experience.

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What Americans Think About Their Governments

 Annually, since 1998, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (PRC) conducts a poll of Americans to gauge their opinions, favourable and unfavourable, toward American federal, state and local governments. Though questions vary somewhat from year to year, certain basic themes are kept constant. Also, the Center’s focus tends to be mainly on state and federal governments. Finally, the results of its surveys, generally, make news nationally and are often featured prominently on the television and in the press.

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JETAA USA Support for Communities in Japan

  One way that the many JET alumni chapters in the US work to stay connected to Japan is through their support for prefecture and local governments and their involvement with communities here that have links to Japan.  Alumni are active in contributing to sister city and sister state relationships, assisting groups or officials visiting from Japan, helping out at events and exhibits to promote tourism and local products, and participating in kenjinkai and other Japanese groups here in the US.

 

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Centennial Gift of Trees Celebration at the City of Novi

This year marks the 100th anniversary of trees given to the United States from Japan which are planted in Washington, DC. On May 19th, Sunday, a tree planting ceremony was held at the Novi Civic Center. The City of Novi, which has the largest Japanese population in Michigan with nearly 2,500 community members and more than 65 Japanese-owned businesses, has been chosen as a recipient of the Centennial Gift of Trees.

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Jet Alumni Support for Japan after 3/11

 JET alumni have been deeply engaged in supporting Japan after the multiple disasters of march 11, 2011. Here is a far from somprehensive roud-up of these activities in the United States and Canada.  
 

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A New and Controversial Municipal Tax on Vehicles Crossing the Bridge

A New and Controversial Municipal Tax on Vehicles Crossing the Bridge
~ One Aspect of Japanese Municipal Tax System ~

   On April 11th, 2012, the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) approved a controversial tax by the City of Izumisano, Osaka.
   The city will impose a 100 yen tax on every vehicle which crosses the bridge connecting the mainland to Kansai International Airport (KIA) Island. The tax is in addition to an existing 800 yen toll on the national bridge.

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Traffic control policy for large-scale disasters is changed significantly

 

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced on March 5, 2012 that its traffic control policy has been updated significantly. Almost one year has passed since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, when the central part of the Tokyo metropolitan area experienced heavy traffic congestion with people trying to return to their homes. As a result, there were instances when emergency vehicles could not arrive quickly to places where people needed them.

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JETAA DC Chapter Members Help Bring Fukushima Kids to Perform in Washington

The National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC have invited 13 students from the Yamakiya Taiko Club in Fukushima to perform at the centennial celebrations for Japan’s gift of flowering cherry trees to the United States. The students will travel to Washington from their new, post-evacuation homes in Japan, after being forced to leave their hometown of Yamakiya, part of Kawamata Town in Fukushima Prefecture, in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The Yamakiya drummers meeting with Ambassador John Roos before leaving for Washington.

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Let Your Child Experience the World


- Tokyo Metropolitan Government supports the overseas study and training of 10,000 youth.

In December 2011, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) issued its long term comprehensive vision titled “Tokyo Vision 2020”. The plan is to show the residents of Tokyo how to move forward and tackle many kinds of urban issues after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

This plan addresses “8 Goals”; including becoming a disaster- resistant city, creating a highly efficient and independent energy system, stimulating industry, transportation, welfare and education. As well as the “8 Goals”, the plan also describes “12 Key Projects” to achieve the goals. Among the “12 Goals”, you can find an interesting project called “Let Your Child Experience the World”.

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Fellowship Program - UPDATED!!

Report on the Fellowship Program 2011 updated.

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Okinawa prefecture has launched a program that accepts evacuees from Tohoku

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City Recruits Ward Mayor Nationally

In November, Sakai City announced the open recruitment for the Mihara Ward Mayor. It is said to be the first case that a designated city accepted candidates for ward mayor from anywhere in the country.

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“Tokyo School Visiting Excursion” -  to recruit teachers from outside of Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education (BOE) conducts bus excursion tours for young people for a reasonable price. These bus tours are unique because the sites visited are not the usual sites such as; the Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, or the aesthetic water front area, but the city’s schools!

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Bicycle Use in Tokyo

 Nowadays, the increase in traffic accidents involving bicycles is one of the biggest problems in Tokyo. Cases of bicycle collisions with pedestrians, causing serious injuries to the pedestrians, and of bicyclists riding recklessly and being killed by cars are both occurring frequently.

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Joint Local Government Bond in Japan

Now European countries are discussing joint issuance of government bonds. But Germany, needless to say the most financially stabilized country, is against the proposition partly because Germany can issue its government bond for itself at less expensive cost. This is quite a similar situation seen in Japanese local government bond market.

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The Tokyo Shitamachi Bus -The best choice for sightseeing in downtown Tokyo

Speaking of sightseeing in Tokyo’s downtown (Shitamachi), some popular spots are Ueno, Asakusa and Ryogoku. Public transportation in Tokyo is so convenient that you can travel all across Tokyo by railway, subway and bus. However, they are all operated by different organizations such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metro Company, JR East and so on. Some travelers from foreign countries feel a bit of confusion when they calculate fares or change trains. So the Tokyo Shitamachi Bus could be the solution, since it connects all of the above-mentioned downtown sightseeing spots.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education recruits new teachers for Fukushima

In September 2011, Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education (BoE) and Fukushima Prefecture Board of Education signed an agreement so that the Tokyo BoE could conduct the recruitment exam for Fukushima.

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Message from Governor of Miyagi Prefecture

The March 11, 2011 magnitude 9.0 earthquake and catastrophic tsunami is an event no one will ever forget. In one split second, we lost our family, friends, employment, property and memories. Smiles vanished from our faces. Anguish and despair overran our emotions.

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News from Iwate’s Reconstruction

~Ganbaro, Iwate! Let’s stick together, Iwate!~
 
We will slowly but surely proceed towards reconstruction, such as building temporary housing in the affected areas.
Here we will introduce the current state of Iwate, step by step towards reconstruction.
*The newest one: No.16 (March 15th, 2012)

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RMJETAA Gets Things Moving at the Denver Kizuna Reception

The Rocky Mountain JETAA chapter recently participated in the Kizuna Reception hosted by the Consulate General of Japan in Denver and the Japan America Society of Colorado, representing the JET Program and bringing a bit of Japanese fun to the festivities by way of rajio taiso.

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