Fellowship Exchange Program

Since 1993, every year the Fellowship exchange program (Local Government international Exchange and cooperation Seminar) has been affording senior executives from state (or provincial) and local governments in the United States and Canada the opportunity to visit Japan and to learn about Japanese public administration. Over the course of about 10 days, 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 homestay with a local family, which immerses each visitor in the daily life and culture of Japan.

We send an invitation to the major organizations, representing state/provincial and local governments in the United States/Canada, asking them to recommend officials to participate in this program. 

Fellowship Exchange Program 2019

Date Schedule Accommodation
Nov 4 Arrive in Japan
Orientation
Tokyo
Nov 5 Tokyo Programme
Site Visit : A Walk through Meiji Jingu Shrine
Lecture : “Recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake”
Lecture : Japanese Local Government System
Welcome Reception hosted by CLAIR
Tokyo
Nov 6 Tokyo Programme
Site Visit : National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Site Visit : RICOH Business Innovation Lounge
Opinion Exchange with Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Courtesy Visit to Director-General for Policy Coordination
(Ministryof Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC))
Opinion Exchange with MIC Staff
Welcome Reception hosted by MIC
Tokyo
Nov 7 Regional Programme (Kitaibaraki City)
Courtesy Visit to the Mayor of Kitaibaraki City
Presentation on Kitaibaraki City
Site Visit : JX Nippon Mining and Metals Corporation
Site Visit : Levee
Welcome Reception hosted by Kitaibaraki City
Kitaibaraki City,
Ibaraki Prefecture
Nov 8 Regional Programme (Kitaibaraki City)
Site Visit : Kitaibaraki City’s New Fire Department (Fuel Storage)
Site Visit : Futatsujima Highland Park
Site Visit : Kitaibaraki City Hospital
Site Visit : Hirakata Disaster Prevention Collective Home Relocation Site and Post-Disaster Temporary Housing
Site Visit : Otsu Harbor, Otsu Fishing Cooperative, Non-Destructive Radioactivity Inspection Center
Site Visit : Tanitousuisan Co. Ltd.
Site Visit : Kitaibaraki Museum of Fishing History (“Yo-Soro”)
Kitaibaraki City
Nov 9 Regional Programme (Kitaibaraki City)
Site Visit : Rokkakudo
Site Visit : Cape Izura Park/Film Set for Tenshin
Site Visit : Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art
Site Visit : Kitamachi Sekimoto Central Road, National Route 6 Nakaso/Sekimoto Bypass Explanation
Site Visit : Lifelong Learning Center “Trèfle”
Site Visit : Kitaiba
Site Visit : Gallery ARIGATEE
Meet with Host Family
Kitaibaraki City
Nov 10 Regional Programme (Kitaibaraki City)
Site Visit : Aquamarine Fukushima (Sanuka Recovery Work)
Site Visit : Iwaki Lalamew
Kitaibaraki City
Nov 11 Regional Programme (Kitaibaraki City)
Site Visit : Museum of Ujo Noguchi
Site Visit : Ujo Noguchi’s Birth Home
Site Visit : Hanakawa Water Purification Plant
Site Visit : Jorenji Temple
Site Visit : Silica Glass Studio (Glass Bead Craft Experience)
Site Visit : Jukkokubori
Site Visit : Jiro Hiruta Sculpture Gallery
Site Visit : Green Workshop (Soba Noodle-Making Experience)
Kitaibaraki City
Nov 12 Regional Programme (Kitaibaraki City)
Opinion Exchange Session
Farewell Luncheon hosted by CLAIR
Return to Tokyo
Tokyo
Nov 13 Departure from Japan

Lecture on Japanese Local Government
(@CLAIR (Council of Local Authorities for International Relations))

Courtesy Visit to Director-General for Policy Coordination
(@Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)

Courtesy Visit to the Mayor of Kitaibaraki City

Site Visit : JX Nippon Mining and Metals Corporation

Meet with Host Family

Soba Noodle-Making Experience
(@Green Workshop)

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