The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) was established in July 1988 in response to rising concern for local-level internationalization in Japan. CLAIR was created as a joint organization of local governments to promote and provide support for local internationalization.
CLAIR’s headquarters is located in Tokyo with seven overseas offices set up in Singapore, New York, London, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Beijing.
CLAIR Singapore was set up in October 1990 and we conducts activities in the 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), India, and Sri Lanka.
Our Main Activities
- Promote local level exchange between Japan and ASEAN countries as well as India and Sri Lanka.
- Support Japanese local governments’ activities in ASEAN countries, India, and Sri Lanka.
- Conduct research on local administration and finance systems as well as the various policies in ASEAN countries, India, and Sri Lanka.
- Introduce Japan’s local administration and finance systems as well as its various policies to ASEAN countries, India, and Sri Lanka.
CLAIR Singapore is comprised of 25 staff altogether with 19 Japanese and 6 local staff.
|Executive Director||1 (Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications)|
|Deputy Executive Director||1 (Kyoto)|
|Senior Deputy Director||1 (Hyogo)|
|Deputy Directors||14 (Akita, Tochigi, Oyama City(Tochigi), Tokyo, Ota City(Tokyo), Nagano, Toyama, Aichi, Ichinomiya City(Aichi), Okayama, Yamaguchi, Kitakyushu City(Fukuoka), Miyazaki, Kagoshima)|
|Divisional Directors||2 (Nagano, Kumamoto)|
|Executive Director||SAKURAI Taisuke||Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications|
|Deputy Executive Director||YAMAMOTO Takahiro||Kyoto Prefecture|
|Senior Deputy Director||NAKAYA Taiichi||Hyogo Prefecture|
|Deputy Director||SHIMIZU Kenta||Ichinomiya City|
|Deputy Director||NAKAMURA Akito||Akita Prefecture|
|Deputy Director||SHIRAISHI Shinichi||Yamaguchi Prefecture|
|Deputy Director||FUJII Tatsuya||Aichi Prefecture|
|Deputy Director||TAZAWA Hironori||Kitakyushu City|
|Deputy Director||OZEKI Naoki||Tochigi Prefecture|
|Deputy Director||YAMADA Shuichi||Tokyo Metropolis|
|Deputy Director||KUHARA Yosuke||Ota City|
|Deputy Director||KODAMA Kenki||Miyazaki Prefecture|
|Deputy Director||NAKADA Naomi||Oyama City|
|Deputy Director||OSAWA Tomosumi||Nagano Prefecture|
|Deputy Director||ITO Shota||Okayama Prefecture|
|Deputy Director||NIIHARA Shoko||Kagoshima Prefecture|
|Deputy Director||KIMURA Kanako||Toyama Prefecture|
|Director, Kumamoto Division||YOSHIDA Hiroyuki||Kumamoto Prefecture|
|Director, Nagano Division||YUMOTO Shigeki||Nagano Prefecture|
|Senior Researcher||CHUA Hwee Teng||–|
|Senior Researcher||SIAU Min Yang||–|