About Us


The Japan 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.

Japanese Staff

Seconded from Japan 16 (Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications, Kyoto, Hyogo,Shirawaka City (Fukushima), Tochigi, Tsumagoi Village (Gunma), Saitama, Tokyo, Uozu City (Toyama,), Ichinomiya City (Aichi), Yamaguchi, Kitakyushu City (Fukuoka), Miyazaki, Kagoshima, Kagoshima City, Ichikikushikino City (Kagoshima))
Divisional Directors 3 (Nagano, Kochi, Kumamoto)