Japan Creative Centre

June 2015


Filled with impactful and diversified events, the month of May invited many new comers to JCC. From our first Acoustic Live performance by musician and painter Ms. Rie fu, Lecture on Space Technologies by Mr. Hideyuki Oto from Mitsubishi Electric Asia, Shogi Workshop by Ms. Madoka Kitao – a professional Shogi player and the Zentai Art Festival. A complex yet intriguing form of art, JCC supported Ms. Yuzuru Maeda the organizer of the Zentai Art Festival as well as various local artists. Part of the festival, a ‘Zentai Walk’ was held with 79 participants from all walks of life, who strutted their suits from JCC to Paragon and back, to convey the message that every individual is part of the same universal whole. 


Message From Director Of JCC

I recently met Mr. Akihiko Narita, the head coach of the Singapore National Volleyball Team for the SEA Games. A veteran to the SEA Games (an equivalent to the Olympic Games in South East Asia), Mr. Narita had also served as a coach during the 1983 SEA Games hosted by Singapore. Click to Read More

JCC Events



On 9th May, Rie fu was back for her second acoustic live performance at Japan Creative Centre. The overwhelming response with a full house has proven once again that her vocals never fail to captivate the hearts of the audiences. The performance also marked the end of her Growing Singapore: Construction Site Paintings exhibition with a resounding closing success. Click to Read More


Satelillte Model from Mitshubishi

Lecture On Space Technologies by Mr Hideyuki Oto

On the 12th of May 2015 Japan Creative Centre, Embassy of Japan hosted its first ever Science & Technology event which was the “Lecture on the Contribution of Space Technologies in Our Daily Lives” By the General Manager of Space Systems Department Mr Hideyuki Oto from Mitsubishi Electric Asia. Click to Read More



Ms Madoka playing shogi with the participants


Shogi Workshop by Ms Madoka Kitao

Professional Shogi (Japanese chess or also known as the General’s Game) player Ms. Madoka Kitao together with Japan Creative Centre held a Shogi Workshop at the centre itself on Saturday, 16th May. Ms. Madoka Kitao was granted the ‘Lady Shogi Professional Player’ by Ikueikai of Japan Shogi Association in the year 2000. Click to Read More



Audience during the movie screening


JCC Cinema 32: Shodo Girls!!

The 32nd JCC Cinema screening of the Shodo Girls!! was held on Saturday, 16th May with whelming response. A warm and touching movie that portrays the teamwork, resilience and compassion of students when facing challenges in school, it was well received by our audience members. Click to Read More



During the Zentai Conference


Zentai Art Exhibition - Invisible Whole 3
Zentai Conference

Japan Creative Centre Embassy of Japan had organised a Zentai Conference on the 23rd May 2015 attended by artists from Singapore and Japan, namely Mr Bruce Quek, Mr Zentai Tami, Mr Taniguchi and Ms Syv Bruzeau.
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During the Zentai Walk

Zentai Art Exhibition - Invisible Whole 3
Zentai Walk

Japan Creative Centre Embassy of Japan had organised a Zentai Walk with 48 people wearing the Zentai suits on 23rd May 2015. This walk led by Ms Yuzuru Maeda started from Japan Creative Centre and the participants walked along Orchard road till Paragon and back. Click to Read More



Zentai Artists having a picnic during Zentai Performance

Zentai Art Exhibition - Invisible Whole 3
Zentai Performance Day

As part of the Zentai Art Exhibition: Invisible Whole 3, a series of performances by various Zentai artists were put up at Japan Creative Centre on 30th May, known as Zentai Performance Day. Opened to the public, the aim of the performance day was to develop the idea of Zentai Art among the audiences, as well as exploring Zentai art from different perspectives. Click to Read More



JCC Related Events

Prize Presentation by Director Ms Misako Ito at MOELC

33rd Annual Prize Presentation Ceremony

On 29th May 2015, there was 33rd Annual Prize Presentation Ceremony at Auditorium of Ministry of Education Language Centre (Newton).

In this ceremony, three persons of Sec1 in Spanish, each three persons of Sec1~4 in Arabic, Indonesian, Malay (special programme) and each three persons of Sec1~4, & JC1~2 in French, German and Japanese were presented. And especially each person of JC2 in French, German and Japanese was presented as recipients of the Ambassador's Cups.

Amber Chew Si Hui was a recipient of the Japan Ambassador’s cup. As she has already gone to Japan for studies, her father received a Cup from Misako Ito, JCC Director, instead.

In valedictories of recipients of the Ambassador’s Cups, video speech of Amber Chew Si Hui was screened in very fluent and excellent Japanese language with an end of all thanks to MOELC support.



Group Shot with Shizuoka Prefectural Govt Officials

Shizuoka Prefectural Government Visit To JCC

On 3rd June 2015, Mr. Hajime ASAYAMA, Bureau Director of Regional Diplomacy Bureau, Shizuoka Prefectural Government and 4 officials from Shizuoka Prefectural Government visited JCC. Ms. Ito, Director of JCC and Mr. Kawabata,

Deputy Director of JCC explained recent JCC activities and made a fruitful discussion about the possibility of the future cooperation between JCC and Shizuoka Prefectural Government.


Featured Article On the Conferment of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette on Mr. Iskandar Jalil
The Straits Times (Saturday, May 30 2015)

Featured Articles On Zentai Walk

New Paper (Wednesday, May 27 2015)

Yahoo News (Saturday, May 23 2015)

Japanese Cultural Fact For June


Credits: Kids Web Japan

Sanno Festival

The Sanno Festival is organized by Hie Jinja in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. The shrine has a long history, dating back to 1478, when it was built to ensure good fortune during the construction of the castle in Edo (now Tokyo).
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Science & Technology Information In Japan


Credits: RIKEN Advanced Instiute for Computational Science

Powering Science:

RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science

Supercomputers can process information hundreds of thousands times faster than the average home computer, making them essential tools for scientific discovery. As the number crunching ability of these powerful machines approaches speeds in the quadrillions of arithmetic calculations per second, supercomputers will bring unprecedented certainty and speed to scientific prediction. Click to Read More


Credits:“Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic” (J-STAGE)

Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic”

In order to maintain and develop Japan's science and technology research at an international level, it is important to disseminate outstanding research and development results to the world instantaneously. To that end, it is important to digitize scholarly journals of academic societies and research papers currently published in paper form by user organizations and release them on the web. 

In order to support the information transmission function of user organizations, the “Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic” (J-STAGE), developed by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), has set up the hardware and software necessary for electronic journal publishing within JST to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

By taking advantage of this hardware and software, user organizations are able to digitize currently published journals of academic societies and research papers with ease and at low cost. Digitized documents can be accessed from anywhere in the world with this system.

This project also links up with the National Institute of Informatics (NII), the National Diet Library (NDL), and Japan Link Center (JaLC). Click to Read More

Credits:The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)


World Elevation Data (30-meter mesh version) is now available at JAXA's site free of charge!

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will begin publishing free of charge an elevation data set that can express undulations of terrain over the world with a resolution of 30 meters horizontally (30-m mesh version). The data set has been compiled with images acquired by the Advanced Land Observing Satellite “DAICHI” (ALOS).

As the first step, we will offer the areas in East Asia, including Japan, and South East Asia regions, and will expand the areas to all over the world (within 82 deg. of N/S latitudes). (Please Click Here.)

The data set is published based on the elevation data set (5-meter mesh version) of the “World 3D Topographic Data” (Please Click Here), which is the most precise global-scale elevation data at this time, and its elevation precision is also at a world-leading level as a 30-meter mesh version.

This data set is expected to be useful for scientific research, education, as well as the private service sector that uses geospatial information.
(Please Click Here.)


Credits: RIKEN

Mapping a metabolic master switch:
The crystal structures of two signaling proteins yield promising leads for better treatments for metabolic diseases

A detailed structural analysis of a pair of unusual proteins involved in metabolism by a RIKEN-led research team gives valuable insight into a newly discovered class of receptors1. The results could help guide the development of drugs that more effectively target the physiological processes underlying diabetes and obesity.

The protein adiponectin is secreted into the bloodstream by fat cells and subsequently binds to receptors in the muscle, liver and other tissues to initiate physiological processes such as sugar and fat metabolism. Adiponectin triggers these responses through two different receptors, AdipoR1 and AdipoR2, which have recently emerged as appealing drug targets. Click to Read More


Credits: Ministry of Education,Culture,Sports,Science & Technology Japan (MEXT)

White Paper on Science and Technology 2014
(Provisional Translation)

MEXT(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology) of Japan has published the whitepaper on Science & Technology every year.This is the 2014 version. Each item is as follows:

Feature 1: Recovery and Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake through Science and Technology

Feature 2: Science and Technology Development toward the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020

Part 1: Building a Human Resources System That Maximizes Potential: Towards Making Japan "the Most Innovation-friendly Country in the World"

Part 2: Measures Implemented to Promote Science and Technology

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Credits: National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)


National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

NIMS of Japan is a research institution specializing in materials research in metals, organic or inorganic materials.

Our world is made up of various "substances" and in these "materials" the basis of our everyday lives can be found. Materials fall into two major categories such as organic/polymeric materials and inorganic materials, the latter in turn being divided into metals and ceramics.

From the Stone Ages - by way of the Industrial Revolution - up to today, the advance in materials has contributed to the development of humankind and now it is being focused upon as offering a solution for global problems.

NIMS specializes in carrying out research concerning these materials. NIMS's materials research is managed with the next generation within perspective, in line with our theme, "Materials research for creating tomorrow". Click to Read More



12.07.2015 Japanese Speech Contest 2015
20.06.2015 Nihon Buyo Traditional Dance Performance @ NAFA
27.06.2015-28.06.2015 International Workshop by CHC, HSS and Rikkyo Univ @ NTU
20.09.2015 "HIBIKI" Concert @ Japanese Association


05.06.2015-07.06.2015 Thank You by Tezuka @ Flipside (Esplanade)
05.06.2015-07.06.2015 Zettai Red by GRINDER-MAN @ Flipside (Esplanade)
14.06.2015 JCS Choir Recital
20.06.2015-21.06.2015 Chara Expo 2015 @ Singapore Expo Hall
26.06.2015-28.06.2015 SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2015
10.03.2015-31.12.2017 Fifty Years of Singapore Design exhibition @ National Design Centre
Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists (Application in Japanese only)
Notable Articles from Major Monthly Magazines in Japan (Foreign Press Center Japan)
A Summary of Editorials from Leading Japanese Newspapers (Foreign Press Center Japan)
Application for Filmmakers Development Program,"Talents Tokyo 2015" / 映画人材育成事業「タレンツ・トーキョー2015」募集
The 6th Sendai International Music Competition is now open for application
The 9th International MANGA Award is now open for application第9回国際漫画賞の作品募集開始
Conferment of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette on Mr. Iskandar Jalil
Application for 2016 Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship (Undergraduate Students)
Application for 2016 Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship (Specialized Training College Students)
Application for 2016 Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship (Research Students)
Application for the 55th & 56th IATSS Forum Program in 2016
50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations(SJ50)
Call for applications for M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2016
KOBE Biennale Call for Applications for International Competitions