Organize International Exchange Programs and Study Tours for Japanese Local Officials

Regional Exchange Promotion Program

In collaboration with Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities (JIAM) and the Conference of Recognized Local International Exchange Associations in Japan, CLAIR Singapore organizes the ‘Regional Exchange Promotion Program’ annually in either the ASEAN region or India. Under the program, a mission comprising of Japanese local government officials will be organized to visit a country in the ASEAN region or India, whereby the delegates will be given the opportunities to gain insights to the latest developments in the host country, and at the same time establish important local network of contacts that may open doors to prospective collaborations in the future.

Strengthening Cultural Understanding: Japanese Officials’ Visit to Singapore and Malaysia

2017 Japan – Thailand Regional Exchange Promotion Program

For fiscal year 2017 the program was held in Thailand, whose rising presences are keenly felt globally especially in the economic arena, against a backgroundof rapid economic growth achieved by both countries in recent years. This year’s program included study visits and dialogue sessions with various counterparts in Thailand, for example governmental organizations, chambers of commerce, enterprises, local authorities, cultural institutions and other related bodies. Through these visits, the program aims to foster understanding of the current situation and challenges for economic and international exchange between Japan and Thailand, while concurrently establish contact networks that will be beneficial to the cooperation between these countries in the future.


1. Schedule: A total of 11 days in January 2018
(a) Domestic Training (Japan)
(b) Overseas Training (Thailand)
2. Host countries: Bangkok-Sukhothai-Ayutaya-Chonburi, Thailand
3. No. of Participants: 25 people (Japanese local government officials, staff of regional international association, staff of NPOs referred by local government, Japanese local government representatives residing in Asia etc.)

List of Regional Exchange Promotion Program implemented since fiscal year 2007

Fiscal Year Host Country (City) Theme
2016 Singapore, Malaysia 2016 Japan – Singapore – Malaysia Regional Exchange Promotion
2015 Vietnam
(Ha Noi・Ho Chi Minh)
2015 Japan – Vietnam Regional Exchange Promotion Program
2014 Malaysia
(Kuala Lumpur・Johor Bahru)
2014 Japan – Malaysia Regional Exchange Promotion Program
2013 Thailand
2013 Japan – Thailand Regional Exchange Promotion Program
2012 Singapore, Indonesia 2012 Japan – Singapore – Indonesia Regional Exchange Promotion
2011 India
(Mumbai, Pune, Chennai)
2011 Japan-India Regional Exchange Promotion Program
2010 India
(Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore)
2010 Japan-India Regional Exchange Promotion Program
2009 Vietnam, Cambodia Economic and Investment Study Mission in Vietnam and Cambodia
2008 India * Canceled due to the terrorist attack in Mumbai
2007 Vietnam Japan-Vietnam Regional Alliances Promotion Program ~ Exploring the Potential of Regional Exchange between Japan and Vietnam