The Local Autonomy College was established in October 1953 as a national training institution for local public employees with the aim of contributing to the realization of more democratic and efficient operation of local governments by means of providing these employees with advanced training that could help enhance their ability and skills and promote their service efficiency as well.
More than 55,000 students have so far graduated from the college and now assume active roles as executive leaders in the local public organizations across the country. Among them are a lot of prefectural governors and city, town and village mayors.
Presently, seven curriculums including one with the maximum six-month training term and total 14 courses are conducted in a year with annual total attendance of approximately one thousand students. The training curriculums are designed mainly to put major emphasis on the development and improvement of local public employees' policy making capability and administration management abilities, and also, there are some special training curriculums designed for the improvement of their tax administration and auditing skills.
The college also constantly reviews the contents of the education programs in order to timely reflect the changes of social economic situations and related administrative requirements as well as to cope with emerging political issues.
In addition, it conducts studies and researches on local autonomy and the contents and methods of educating local public servants.
Furthermore, the college functions as the Local Government Center of EROPA (Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration) and conducts studies and researches on local administration systems in foreign countries and provides training for public employees from overseas.
Institute for Information and Communications Policy (IICP) had newly established in April 2003 with the purposes of both "basic research activities of Information and Communications Policy" and "specialized training activities for the staff who engage to Information and Communications Administration in Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) Japan.
IICP had established with the merge of both "Information and Communications department of Institute for Posts and Telecommunications Policy" (IPTP: established in 1988) and "Information and Communications training institute (established in 1950).
IICP has been conducting 1) economic analysis on the Information and Communications related industries, 2) research on the market trend of the amount of Information traffic and contents, 3) basic research activities of Information and Communications.
And IICP has been making effort for contributing to the policy making with 4) distribution of research results, 5) in cooperation / collaboration with persons of learning and experience as well.
In order to promote accurate and appropriate administration with adaption of development and advancement of Information and Communications field, IICP has been making effort for human resource development with conducting training courses for the purpose of enhancing policy formation ability and giving highly expertise knowledge and skill on advanced Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to the staff of MIC.
IICP has been conducting more than 30 training courses with a total of about 500 MIC trainees every year.
The Statistical Research and Training Institute is a training organization specialized in the field of statistics with the aim of promoting the development and dissemination of statistical knowledge.
The institute aims to fulfill the roles of providing the personnel of national and local governments with skills and knowledge on statistical theories and methods required for such activities as the compilation of statistics, the making of statistical analyses and the application of statistical data.
For this purpose, it provides 17 curriculums and conducts about thirty courses categorized as "Comprehensive Course" with the maximum training term of three months, "Thematic Courses" or "Specialized Courses".
Annually, about 900 students attend any one of these courses including the correspondence class.
The cumulative number of the attendees has come up to 24,800 since the foundation of the institute in 1921.
In addition to the provision of the above-mentioned training services, the institute conducts comprehensive researches on statistics. It also compiles and publishes comprehensive documents on statistics such as the Japan Statistical Yearbook, the International Statistical Compendium and the Statistical Handbook of Japan.
Moreover, it manages and operates the Statistical Library as a library specialized in statistics, which belongs to the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunication and is a sub-library of the National Diet Library, thus providing the library services not only to the members of the Diet and the personnel of administrative and judicial organizations but also to the general public.
The Fire and Disaster Management College provides municipal fire executives and firefighters with professional and advanced education and training, provides experienced instructors for fire academies in prefectures and ordinance-designated cities, and holds workshops to facilitate fire fighting and disaster prevention in this new era.