About Us


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

  1. Promote local level exchange between Japan and ASEAN countries as well as India and Sri Lanka.
  2. Support Japanese local governments’ activities in ASEAN countries, India, and Sri Lanka.
  3. Conduct research on local administration and finance systems as well as the various policies in ASEAN countries, India, and Sri Lanka.
  4. Introduce Japan’s local administration and finance systems as well as its various policies to ASEAN countries, India, and Sri Lanka.

Organization Structure

CLAIR Singapore is comprised of 25 staff altogether with 19 Japanese and 6 local staff.

Japanese Staff

Executive Director 1 (Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications)
Deputy Executive Director 1 (Kyoto)
Senior Deputy Director 1 (Hyogo)
Deputy Directors 14 (Adachi City(Tokyo),  Gunma, Hiroshima, Ichinomiya City(Aichi), Ikeda Town(Hokkaido), Kagoshima, Kagoshima City, Matsue City, Miyazaki, Niigata, Oyama City(Tochigi), Saitama, Tokyo, Toyohashi City(Aichi))
Divisional Directors 2 (Nagano, Kumamoto)

Local Staff

Researchers 4
Administrator 1
Secretary 1

Staff Profile

Designation Name Dispatched from
Executive Director AMARI Kazunori Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications
Deputy Executive Director WATANABE Mika Kyoto Prefecture
 Senior Deputy Director IKEGAMI Takahisa Hyogo Prefecture
Deputy Director IMAI Hidetoshi Ikeda Town
Deputy Director KOHARA Kazuaki Saitama Prefecture
Deputy Director SATO Fumiaki Matsue City
Deputy Director TANABE Yu Oyama City
Deputy Director UTSUGI Nobukazu Gunma Prefecture
Deputy Director INOUE Kazuya Miyazaki Prefecture
Deputy Director SHIRAI Machiko Hiroshima Prefecture
Deputy Director YOSHIOKA Erina Tokyo Metropolice
Deputy Director USUDA Ikumi Niigata Prefecture
Deputy Director MOTEGI Yohei Adachi City
Deputy Director OZAKI Fumihiko Toyohashi City
Deputy Director SHIMIZU Kenta Ichinomiya City
Deputy Director TANAKA Kota Kagoshima Prefecture
Deputy Director FUJII Akihiro Kagoshima City
Director, Nagano Division WATANABE Mamoru Nagano Prefecture
Director, Kumamoto Division YOSHIDA Hiroyuki Kumamoto Prefecture
Senior Researcher CHUA Hwee Teng
Senior Researcher SIAU Min Yang
Researcher HE Tingshan
Researcher KAN Michelle
Administrator UTSUMI Asumi
Secretary Jindy YOUNG