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Kamakura and Umeå find common ground for dialogue with citizens


On October 21, 2018, three city planners from Kamakura City arrived at Umeå airport in the north of Sweden. Kamakura and Umeå have been selected to form a city -to- city partnership within the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme promoted by the EU.

Ms. Kaori Aoki, Mr. Koji Iizumi and Ms. Naomi Kato came to Umeå for a three day visit to learn about sustainability work and meet counterparts who will make a study visit to Kamakura in May 2019.

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Visit to the city of Frankfurt am Main in Germany

A delegation from the city of Yokohama visited the city of Frankfurt am Main in Germany to make a study tour under the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) project over the period August 20 – 22, 2018. There, the members engaged in an exchange of views on climate change initiatives and smart cities, and toured related facilities. More specifically,...

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IUC JAPAN: 3rd Exchange Meeting of the EU and Japanese Cities on 11 October 2018


The 3rd Exchange Meeting of the EU and Japanese cities took place on 11 October in Brussels. It was the third opportunity for the first five pairings established in 2017 to meet and discuss the progress made since the start up until to date. In this context, the results of the Study Tours of the five EU cities...

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The CoM Japan has started to receive commitment letters


On 1 August 2018 the Covenant of Mayors Japan (hereinafter CoMJ) started to register the commitment letters by mayors. The Draft Implementation Guidelines of CoMJ had been prepared and the website renewed. A brochure to explain the commitment procedures and the follow-up actions was...

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Agendas for the 3rd EU - Japan Cities Exchange Meeting available

On 11 and 12 October 2018 the 3rd Exchange Meeting of the EU - Japan Cities Exchange Meeting will take place in Brussels, Belgium. The Cities can expect interesting and innovative contributions from our project.

Meeting Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
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Cities will convene for their first meeting in Japan | April 23rd 2018

The first official gathering in Japan for the participating cities will be held on April 23rd 2018.  During this week, there will be a series of information exchange between the urban experts, as well as a number of site visits to facilities and communities using innovative technology and practices. More updates will follow...

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Newsletter Issue no.1 | January 2018


In this IUC-Japan Newsletter edition you find information about the following topics:

  • What is the IUC-Japan Programme?
  • First Round of City to City Cooperation 
  • Introducing the IUC Programme to Japan
  • Cities selected by the IUC-Japan Program  
  • Launch of the IUC program
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Official launch of the IUC- City to City programme | November 10th 2017 / Brussels

Over 120 cities from Europe, China, Asia, India, Japan, North America and South America gathered in Brussels.  Participants to the IUC-Japan programme were, of course, members to this memorable event held at the Charlemagne. The cities of Yokohama and Frankfurt were each invited to present their practices and visions for cooperation.

  • FutureCity Yokohama | Mr. Kimihiro Kuromizu, Executive Director, City of Yokohama, Japan
  • Introduction City of Frankfurt | Ms. Wiebke Fiebig, Head of Energy Department, City of Frankfurt, Germany
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Official launch of the IUC- City to City programme | November 10th 2017 / Brussels

Over 120 cities from Europe, China, Asia, India, Japan, North America and South America gathered in Brussels.  Participants to the IUC-Japan programme were, of course, members to this memorable event held at the Charlemagne. The cities of Yokohama and Frankfurt were each invited to present their practices and visions for cooperation.

  • FutureCity Yokohama | Mr. Kimihiro Kuromizu, Executive Director, City of Yokohama, Japan
  • Introduction City of Frankfurt | Ms. Wiebke Fiebig, Head of Energy Department, City of Frankfurt, Germany
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Five city pairs are officially selected for the programme | Early November 2017 / EU and Japan


In order of geographical location in Japan (N->S) the pairings are

  • Hirosaki / Donostia=San Sebastian (Spain)
  • Koriyama / Essen (Germany)
  • Yokohama / Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
  • Ichinomiya / Ioannina (Greece)
  • Ikoma / Ancona (Italy)
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The concept of the IUC programme is introduced to Japan | March 17th, 2017 / Japan

Over 100 participants including representatives of Japanese cities, the business sector, and the media gathered at the EU House, office to the European Delegation to Japan, and listened to Dr Ronald HALL, Chief Advisor Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy European Commission, talk of the programme’s ambitions, objectives, and structure. IUC-Japan’s presentation material can be found below.

  • An Introduction to the Programme | Prof. Hidefumi IMURA, Nagoya University
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