Japan Creative Centre

February 2015


The month of January kick started the year 2015 for JCC, with a variety of events like ‘The Beauty of Japanese Dance’ lecture and demonstration and our first JCC Cinema session for the year, the Komaneko series. JCC also welcomed some informative display panels from the Japanese High Speed Rail (Shinkansen) exhibition at Marina Bay Sands. Please look forward to our upcoming events for the rest of this year!


Message From Director Of JCC

We lost our words when we heard about the brutal acts of terrorism and what ultimately happened to the two Japanese nationals. Japan will never give in to terrorism. We have always been and will always continue to contribute to the peace and stability of the international community.
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JCC Events


"Beauty Of Japanese Dance" By Master Guraku AKIFUSA

On the 20th of January, JCC welcomed Master Guraku Akifusa from Japan for a lecture and demonstration entitled “The beauty of Japanese dance ”.

Master Guraku Akifusa was born in Tokyo Japan in 1974. He started learning Nihon Buyo from his mother when he was 5 years old. He received his master title as Wakayagi ryu when he was 25 years old. However, he gave back his master title and focused on developing his own style of Nihon Buyo which is now called Akifusa Ryu. Click to Read More

30th JCC Cinema "The KOMANEKO Series"

On 31st January 2015, JCC held its 30th cinema session featuring two films from the KOMANEKO series, entitled "Komadori Eiga Komaneko" and "Komaneko No Christmas: Maigoni Natta Present". These films, directed by Tsuneo Goda, are stop motion animation films produced by the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Click to Read More




Tokyo High School Baseball Federation's Visit to JCC

On the 26th December 2014, Tokyo high school baseball federation visited JCC. They came to Singapore to play baseball game with Singapore baseball team and to make good relationship between Singapore and Japan in baseball. In this visit, Minister Tsutsumi made the welcome speech and Mr.Kawabata, 2nd Secretary also made the presentation about basic information of Singapore and the activities of the Embassy and JCC.



Students from Gonohe Town Aomori Prefecture's Visit to JCC

On the 9th January 2015, Students from Gonohe Town Aomori Prefecture in Japan visited JCC. In this visit, Director of JCC Ms Misako Ito gave her welcoming speech while Mr.Kawabata, 2nd Secretary made a presentation about basic information of Singapore and the activities of Embassy of Japan in Singapore. It was concluded by a constructive Question & Answer session by the students.


2010 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi's Visit to Ambassador's Residence

On 27th January 2015, the dinner with Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi, 2010 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry by HE Haruhisa Takeuchi, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore and Madame Takeuchi was held at the Ambassador’s residence. Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi was awarded the Nobel Prize for his research on palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions in organic synthesis which is being widely used as a technology that drastically accelerates organic synthesis reactivity.

Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi came to Singapore in order to make the keynote speech at A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) on 28th January by the invitation of International Peace Foundation. In this dinner, Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi and Madame Negishi, H.E. Mr S.R. Nathan, Former President of Singapore, Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman, A*Star, Prof Low Teck Seng, CEO, National Research Foundation and Madame Low, H.E. Mr Kirk Wagar, Ambassador of USA in Sinapore and Madame Wagar, Mr Uwe Morawetz, Chairman, International Peace Foundation, Mr Daniel Bednarik, Director of Events Coordination of the International Peace Foundation were invited.


JCC Related Events


Japanese High Speed Rail Exhibition at MBS

On 23rd-24th January 2015, Japanese High Speed Rail Exhibition was held at MBS, hosted by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Railway Technical Service (JARTS),Japan Overseas Rolling Stock Association (JORSA) ,Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

Railways, especially the High Speed Rail (HSR), have attracted worldwide attention as a form of environmentally friendly mass transportation system. HSR projects have been carried out in some countries, while plans for their construction are underway in many others, including Singapore. The purpose of this exhibition is to demonstrate how Japan’s 50 years of experiences in HSR operation can contribute to the development of HSR projects in Singapore and to enhance partnership in railway fields between Singapore and Japan.

From 26th January to Mid March 2015 JCC is exhibiting the panels on the Japanese High Speed Rail (See the left photo). For those who were unable to visit the exhibition at Marina Bay Sands, please do come down to JCC to have a look at these informative displays. We look forward to seeing you soon!. Click to Read More

Ramen Champion Tasting Competition 2015

On the 15th of January 2015, Ramen Champion Tasting Competition 2015 was held in Bugis+. JCC Director Ms. Misako Ito (Third from the left) participated as the examiner for the first time. For more information concerning the event, .Click to Read More



Japanese Cultural Fact For February


Japanese Cultural Fact Sapporo Snow Festival

The northernmost of Japan's four main islands is called Hokkaido. There, Japan's biggest snow festival is held in the city of Sapporo, famous for hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics.
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Inauguration of the Executive Committee For the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations(SJ50)

In the Year 2016, Japan and Singapore will mark the 50th Anniversary of its diplomatic relations. To successfully celebrate this memorable year with the people of Japan and Singapore, on 27th January 2015, we have inaugurated the Executive Committee for the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations under the chairmanship of H.E. Haruhisa Takeuchi, the Ambassador of Japan to Singapore.

The Executive Committee is comprised of various organizations that have been actively promoting Japan-Singapore friendship,including the Japanese Association, Singapore, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Singapore (JCCI), the Japanese Cultural Society, Singapore (JCS), the Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS) and more. The Executive Committee will carry forward the examination for concrete activities and projects that would promote exchange and friendship in a variety of fields, as well as deepen mutual understanding between Japan and Singapore.

Celebrating this memorable year with as many people, the Executive Committee is planning to set up a framework to acknowledge your activities/initiatives as a part of the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Projects.


"We Are Tomodachi," Japanese Government's Official Magazine Winter 2015

The latest issue of "We Are Tomodachi," Japanese Government’s official magazine, is now available online. Learn about Japan’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, enjoy the interview with Dr. Amano, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and more! Click to Read More


Science & Technology Information In Japan


JST- A*STAR Joint Workshop

On 12th of January 2015, JST-A*STAR Joint  Workshop “Development of Fundamental Technology for Biodevices Enabling Dynamic Analysis and Control of Cells” was held in Exploration Theatrette, Matrix Level 4 at the Biopolis before the launch of the third joint grant call by both parties. It was held based on the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) concluded in October 2014.

In the beginning of this WS, A/Prof Dr Tan Sze Wee (Deputy Executive Director of the Biomedical Research Council) and Dr Shoichiro Tonomura (Executive Director of JST) made the welcome speeches followed by keynote speeches by Prof Jackie Ying (Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR) and Prof Shin’ichi Ishiwata (Waseda University/WABIOS) .

In this WS, the participants discussed their most updated research outcomes and possible collaboration in 3 sessions ((1) Nanodevices for Cell Systems,(2) Biomaterials and Biocompatibility in Biodevices, (3) Reconstitution of Cell Dynamics or Biomolecular Networks In vitro/In silico.

On 13th of January 2015, excursion lab tour to the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR was coordinated for Japanese researchers.



RIKEN Research ( Winter 2014 )

RIKEN Research” is a quarterly research magazine and website. The core component of RIKEN Research are short, easy-to-understand Research Highlight articles explaining for a broad scientific audience some of the latest research articles published by RIKEN researchers. Concerning the Winter 2014 version. Click to Download


Asian Science and Technology Portal

"Asia Science and Technology Portal (ASTP)" provides you with a comprehensive single access point to information on useful science and technology-related websites in ASEAN countries, as well as Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.
ASTP is designed to promote international research collaboration and researcher mobility among Asian countries by providing access to timely and relevant information in the region. Mobilizing STI capacity among Asian countries and enhancing researcher networking will help each country better cope with many challenges of sustainable economies in Asia. Building upon this vision, the Portal features a broad range of up-to-date and practical information including R&D funding, R&D related job vacancies, international meetings and relevant articles.

ASTP is a proposal by the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan (CAO). In accordance with the planning by CAO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is taking on the role of developing and maintaining the website. CAO is calling for active cooperation by each country in the region, which will be of vital importance to make this portal more informative and relevant.


Energy White Paper 2014 in Japan

Energy White Paper 2014 in Japan (Outline) (June 2014) (English version: November 2014) .
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The Energy White Paper is a report submitted to the Diet annually based on Article 11 of the Basic Act on Energy Policy outlining energy measures taken during the previous fiscal year.In addition to the routine topics explained every year (energy trends and measures taken during the previous fiscal year concerning energy supply and demand), the Energy White Paper 2014 seeks to deepen public understanding by explaining various energy-related problems with data and information based on the Strategic Energy Plan decided upon at the April 11, 2014 Cabinet meeting.
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< Energy White Paper 2014 in Japan >

- Part 1 Energy-Related Conditions and Key Measures Chapter 1 Background situation to the Strategic Energy Plan.

Section 1 Structural Issues Faced by Japan.
Section 2 TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident and Issues that Become Apparent since the Time of the Accident.
Chapter 2 The Great East Japan Earthquake and the Review of Japan’s Energy Policies.

Section 1 Responses to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident.
Section 2 Key Energy-Related Measures Taken After the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident.

- Part 2 Energy Trends Collection of basic data outlining energy supply and demand within and outside Japan and primary and secondary energy trends

- Part 3 Measures Taken in FY2013 Concerning Energy Supply and Demand
(Outline of Individual Measures and Budgets, etc.)



Poster of Diagram of Our Universe

This poster is describes the “Diagram of Our Universe “ made by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan in 2013. You can use this poster. However before you use it, Please see attention below. Click to Download


All Posters was made by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. Concerning PDF versions that you downloaded from the website, if you want to use them by individuals or when you want to distribute them free of charge(in small quantities), please use freely. However, you cannot add or alter the poster itself. And when you want to distribute them free of charge in large quantities by using the original data and you want to distribute them for commercial use, you need the permission of MEXT.

06.02.2015 Lecture On Japanese Gardens: A Living World Heritage
29.01.2015- Mid March 2015 Japanese High Speed Rail (Shinkansen) Panel Display at JCC
10.02.2015- 10.03.2015 "Yamagata Dantsu" Carpet Display at JCC


17.01.2015-08.03.2015 Day Falls / Night Falls By Hiroshi Senju At Sundaram Tagore Gallery
21.01.2015-26.04.2015 Legendary works by Daido Moriyama at MAD Museum of Art & Design
26.02.2015-01.03.2015 JB Jazz Fest 2015 By World Class Saxophonist Sadao Watanabe
Application for the 55th & 56th IATSS Forum Program in 2016
Call for applications for M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2016
Japan Foundation Program Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2015

KOBE Biennale Call for Applications for International Competitions