Japan Creative Centre

January 2015


December was indeed a festive month and a time for celebration everywhere. Here in JCC, we too were buzzing with activity and festivities. From a celebration held in honour of the Emperor’s Birthday to the intricate sketches of Japanese landscapes by Gail Pantin that adorned our hallways, JCC came alive with the spirit and flavour of Japan. Please do read more to find out what went on for JCC over the past month. We hope for your continous support and would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.


Message From Director Of JCC

Congratulations, Singapore!
We are privileged to be here to witness and experience together with people in Singapore all the celebrations which will take place through this year of 2015. Click to Read More


JCC Events


"Captured Moments In Japan" By Ms Gail Pantin

The 27th of November welcomed ‘Captured! Moments in Japan’ exhibition by Gail Pantin. As its title befits, Ms Pantin’s exhibition featured all her captured moments in the land of the rising sun. Trinidad and Tobago born, Ms Pantin has travelled extensively around the world and has lived in places like Canada before settling in Singapore about 15 years ago.
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Japan Creative Centre's Annual Advisory Meeting

JCC’s Annual Advisory Meeting was held at the Embassy of Japan on the 4th of December 2014.

This year, JCC had hosted various kinds of events from the Arts to Design. The most remarkable highlight being the visit by Prime Minster to the opening ceremony of Kogei Exhibition.

JCC had constructively incorporated the recommendations which were given last year. JCC had more two-way multilateral projects involving Japan, Singapore and other Southeast Asian Artists, wider outreach leading to the numerous exchange programs between JCC and Japan, and increase in various events which were not limited to exhibitions but also such as lectures, demonstrations and workshops.

H.E. Ambassador Tommy Koh and distinguished members from various organizations attended the Advisory Meeting and they were briefed about the said activities of JCC.

There was also a fruitful discussion on how JCC could work towards the special 2015 and 2016 which celebrates the “SG50” and “SJ50” (The 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Singapore and Japan) respectively. Many suggestions for future collaborations were presented during the meeting as well.



The Embassy of Japan in Singapore celebrated the 81st Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor Akihito's 81st Birthday on the 11th of December at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Ministry of Communications and Information His Excellency Lawrence Wong, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mr Seah Kian Peng, Member of Parliament Ms Lee Bee Wah, Chief of Air Force Major-General Hoo Cher Mou and many other distinguished guests also attended the event. Click to Read More


New Wave Of Japanese Architecture Lecture

On December 19th, five professors and a group of accompanying graduate students from the Tokyo University of Science, led by Mr Yoshihiko Sano and Dr Motomu Uno, presented a lecture at JCC to discuss the diverse characteristics and future outlook of Japanese architecture. Entitled “New Wave of Japanese Architecture: Design, Technology and Education”, the event had an overwhelming response with attended guests ranging from architecture professionals to university students.Click to Read More



JCC Supported Events


Japanese Movies In Singapore International Film Festival

After a 2 year hiatus, the 25th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) was held from the 4th to the 14th of December. During the festival, films from various countries around the world were shown in Singapore at different locations. 

4 Japanese films were also screened as part of the festival. Most of the films were met with a full theatre and tickets sold quickly, highlighting the increasing popularity of Japanese movies.
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Minister Khaw Boon Wan's Visit to JCC

The 27th of November welcomed ‘Captured! Moments in Japan’ exhibition by Gail Pantin. As its title befits, Ms Pantin’s exhibition featured all her captured moments in the land of the rising sun. Trinidad and Tobago born, Ms Pantin has travelled extensively around the world and has lived in places like Canada before settling in Singapore about 15 years ago.Click to Read More



Japanese Cultural Fact For January


Japanese Cultural Fact The Seven Herbs of Spring

On January 7 families throughout Japan prepare kayu cooked with seven different vegetables, or haru no nanakusa (the seven herbs of spring). Kayu is a porridge made by cooking rice with twice the usual amount of water. Click to Read More




His Majesty the Emperor's New Year Thoughts (January 1, 2015)

Last year many lives were lost to natural disasters such as heavy snow, torrential rains, and the volcanic eruption of Mt. Ontake, and my thoughts go out to those who lost their loved ones and their homes in those disasters.

This is the fourth winter since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and it pains me to think that there are still so many people who cannot return to the places they used to live because of radioactive contamination.Click to Read More


New Year’s Reflection by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (January 1, 2015)

Two years have passed since I assumed the office of Prime Minister.  During this time, I have dedicated my utmost efforts to taking on a range of important issues, including notably the revival of the Japanese economy as well as reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake, rebuilding education, reforming social security, and putting our diplomacy and security back on the right footing. Moreover, I have also been tackling head on such new issues as vitalizing local regions and creating a society in which all women shine. Click to Read More


Dr. Ei-ichi Negishi’s Public Speech

On 28th January 2015, Lecture “The Power of Metal Catalysis Transition for a Prosperous and Sustainable 21st Century” by Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi, who got the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010. will be held in Biopolis.Click to Read More



Science & Technology Information In Japan


Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Physics 2014

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Dr. Isamu Akasaki, Professor at Meijo University, Professor Emeritus at Nagoya University, Dr. Hiroshi Amano, Professor at Nagoya University, and Dr. Shuji Nakamura, Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara

" For the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources".

On the 10th December 2014,The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony took place in the Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden. Lectures were conducted regarding 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics.
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JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency)

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is one of the core institutions responsible for the implementation of science and technology policy in Japan, including the government’s Science and Technology Basic Plan. From knowledge creation—the wellspring of innovation—to sharing  the fruits of researchwith society and Japan’s citizens, JST undertakes its mission in a comprehensive manner. JST also works to provide a sound infrastructure of science and technology information and raise awareness and understanding of science and technology-related issues in Japan. JST Home Page: Click to Read More

JST Singapore Office was officially opened in 2009, is located at Biopolis. JST Singapore Office has supported research programs which foster and strengthen scientific ties between Japan and the countries in the region to address those problems mainly through joint research activities including enhancement of research capacity and human resource development, etc., for achieving mutual benefit and co-prosperity.

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MOU between JST and A*STAR

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in Kyoto, Japan on 3rd October 2014. This new contract will renew their research partnership for another three year period. The two agencies plan to organise a joint workshop in Singapore from 12th to 13th January 2015, followed by the launch of the third joint grant call by both parties

Visit the A*STAR webpage for the detail of the announcement. Click to Read More



RIKEN is Japan’s premier research institution devoted to exploring new frontiers through interdisciplinary basic and applied research in physics, chemistry, medical science, biology, and engineering. RIKEN Home Page: Click to Read More

RIKEN Singapore Representative Office is RIKEN’s first overseas office officially opened in April, 2006 located at Biopolis, as a regional coordinator for scientific research exchange and collaborations between RIKEN and Southeast Asian countries.

RIKEN Singapore Representative Office Website: Click to Read More

“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.
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Poster of Genome Map

This poster is describes the “Human Genome Map “ made by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan in 2008. 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.


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