Japan Creative Centre

October 2015


The month of September was filled with very special and memorable events like Master Potter Mr Iskandar's Solo Exhibition followed by his Artist talk which pulled a huge crowd to JCC. The next most remarkable event was the selction of the SJ50 Logo Competition winners. Furthermore we had distinguished guests speakers like Ms Mikuni Yanaihara and Mr Kaoru Mende to give us talks on topics like Visual Arts and Lightings.The month ended musically with the Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra which was held at the Victoria Theatre. We hope to bring you much more exciting events in the near future. So please stay tuned with us through our JCC Facebook and Website.


Message From Director Of JCC

For those who enjoyed the majestic Japanese traditional dance, ODORI, by Nishikawa-ryu at Asian Civilization Museum this weekend, thank you very much for your passion and interest. As one of the kick-off events of our"Sj50" events commemorating next year's 50th anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations. Click to Read More

JCC Events


Opening Ceremony & Exhibition of In Pursuit of An Ethical Pot
By Master Potter Mr Iskandar Jalil

The Opening Ceremony of Iskandar Jalil: In Pursuit of the Ethical Pot Exhibition at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) was held on 26 August 2015 with around 150 guests attended! Consisting of 89 previous and latest ceramic works, this is Mr Iskandar Jalil’s second solo exhibition at JCC. Click to Read More


Master Potter Mr Iskandar Jalil at the dialogue session

Artist Talk: A Potter's Dialogue
By Master Potter Mr Iskandar Jalil

A Potter’s Dialogue: an artist talk by Mr Iskandar Jalil was held at JCC on 1 September 2015 with a full house! Moderated by Ms Tan Gek Lin, one of his senior disciples, the Master Potter engaged with the audiences in a two-way dialogue through questions and answers. Click to Read More



Amb Haruhisa Takuechi at the JUGAS Dinner

JUGAS 45th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Ambassador Takeuchi congratulated the Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS) for its 45th anniversary. It has 420 Singaporean members who graduated from Japanese universities in Japan.
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Amb Haruhisa Takeuchi with the SJ50 Winners


SJ50 Logo Mark Presentation and Honouring Event

On 19th September Saturday, H.E. Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi hosted a SJ50 logo mark presentation event honouring the winner and 10 shortlisted designers from Singapore and revealed the official logo for the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations in 2016. Click to Read More



Lighting Planners Associates

Special Talk: Scenery at Nights by Lighting Planners Associates  

A Special Talk, Scenery at Nights: Changes in Scenery through the eyes of Lighting Designers by Mr Kaoru Mende & Ms Reiko Kasai of Lighting Planners Associates (LPA) was held at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on 22 September 2015.Click to Read More



Group shot with Ms Mikuni Yanaihara & Mr Keisuke Takahashi


Artist Talk “Nibroll ” ~ On the Recorded Image
By Ms Mikuni Yanaihara & Mr Keisuke Takahashi

Artist Talk “Nibroll ” ~ On the Recorded Image ~ By Mikuni Yanaihara, Japan Cultural Envoy for the fiscal year of 2015 in the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan & Keisuke Takahashi, a visual artist from Japan at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) was held on 25 September 2015. Click to Read More



During the Screening


JCC Cinema 37: WA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi

JCC Cinema 37: WA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) was held on 26 September 2015 with around 30 guests attended ! This feature documentary WA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi~ directed by award-winning director Junichi Suzuki.
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During the Concert


ASIAN Youth Jazz Orchestra Concert @ Victoria Concert Hall

The Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra (AYJO), hailing from all over Asia such as Japan, Indonesia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, the young musicians had passed through grueling auditions in February 2015 to partake in the AYJO tour. Their non-stop intensive rehearsals paid off when the jazz musicians brought the house down at the Victoria Concert Hall on 30th September, 2015 attended by H.E. Ambassador Takeuchi and Madam Takeuchi. Click to Read More

Visits to JCC


Group Shot with Mr Edmund Cheng


Visit to JCC by Mr Edmund Cheng

Mr Edmund Cheng, former Chairman of the National Arts Council, Singapore and the current Deputy Chairman of WingTai Asia, visited Mr Iskandar Jalil and his works at the exhibition, In Pursuit of the Ethical Pot on 27th August 2015.
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Japanese Cultural Fact For October


Credits: Kids Web Japan

Autumnal Appetite Day

When the hot, languid summer passes, and the air turns invigoratingly brisk - getting downright chilly at night - one's appetite returns with a vengeance. As if anticipating this, shops around town begin featuring seasonal delicacies that further whet one's taste for good food. Click to Read More

Science & Technology Information In Japan


Credits: MEXT


Research in JAPAN Campaign

"Research in Japan“ campaign was launched to introduce the attractiveness of science life in Japan in 2014. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) strongly hope that more and more researchers could know research environment in Japan and do research in Japan. Click to Read More.




Upgraded H-IIA (H-IIA F29) Launch on Nov 24

The launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No..29 (H-IIA F29) was set to be between 3:23 p.m. thru 5:07 p.m. on Nov. 24 (Tue.), 2015 (Japan Standard Time). JAXA achievement of developing an upgraded flagship launch vehicle for acquiring global-level launch capacity of a geostationary satellite (upgraded specifications) is incorporated into the second stage of the H-IIA F29.

With the upgraded technology, this launch vehicle will be further improved to be more user friendly and useful than the conventional H-IIA. Concerning H-IIA Launch Vehicle. Click to Read More : Press Release



"Two Mission, One Goal (Probing the Birth of the Solar System)"

Launched in December 2014, the asteroid explorer Hayabusa 2 is now cruising in outer space as scheduled. It will arrive at the asteroid 1999 JU3 in 2018, the same year that NASA’s OSIRIS-REx is due to arrive at the asteroid Bennu.

Both the Japanese and American explorers are attempting to unlock the mystery of the birth of the solar system. There is an article of interview to the principal investigator of the OSIRIS-REx mission, which is now in preparation for launch, scheduled a year from now. Click to Read More






Japanese Awardee in Young Scientist Award 2015 in Singapore

The Young Scientist Awards (YSA), administered by the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) and supported by A*STAR,are also presented at the President’s Science and Technology Awards Ceremony. They are presented to young researchers, aged 35 and below, who are actively engaged in R&D in Singapore, and who have shown great potential to be world-class researchers in their fields of expertise.

As one of the Young Scientist Award 2015, Assistant Professor EDA Goki, Department of Physics and Chemistry Centre for Advanced 2D Materials Faculty of Science National University of Singapore was awarded “For his research on the fundamental properties of two-dimensional materials”. Click to Read More


Credits: RIST


Call for proposals of research projects using the HPCI System including K computer will be opened

HPCI is High Performance Computing Infrastructure in Japan. HPCI provides high performance computing services for scientists and researchers from academia around the world. User selection and support is conducted by RIST (Research Organization for Information Science and Technology), and the computer systems and their operations are provided by 12 HPCI members of universities and research institutions in Japan.

The implementation of HPCI received funding from MEXT (Ministry of Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).Their operations have been started from September 2012. Supercomputer resources including 10 Pflops K computer and others, more than 4 Pflops in total, will be available for research projects. Proposals can be based on a 12-month schedule and the allocation of awarded resources is made for one year through fair screening process which is conducted by RIST. Please refer to HPCI portal Web Site for detail:
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< Schedule on Call for proposals >
▶ Opening date: September 2, 2015
▶ Online application will close: November 2, 2015 at 5pm(JST)
▶ Announcement on awarding results: Beginning of February 2016
▶ Allocation start and end date of awarded proposals: April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017

On Oct. 26th, the second Project Report Meeting will be held in Tokyo

In the Project Report Meeting, all research results of awarded projects which have been finished by March of this year will be presented.
This year, Prof. Alfred Huan, Executive Director of A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing will make keynote speech at the Meeting.

Time and Date: 10am ~ 6pm, Mon. 26th Oct, 2015
Venue: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo
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Credits: RIKEN


Symposium to Explore Role of Supercomputers in Life Sciences

On October 20, an international workshop in Tokyo will feature presentations on the current state of the use of supercomputers in the area of life science. Topics will include molecular dynamics simulations, use of the GROMACS application, focusing on its use for antibody drug development, simulations of brain circuits, and biomedical big data analysis, focusing on the use of supercomputers for cancer research.

On the following day, there will be a public symposium, in Japanese, to present some of these topics to people with an interest in the latest research achievements and other activities in the life sciences using the K computer.

The symposium is being organized by the Strategic Programs for Innovative Research Field 1, “Supercomputational Life Science” (SCLS), a RIKEN-led program funded by MEXT which aims to expand the scope of computational life science toward medical care and drug discovery.

Using the K computer—which is currently the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world—its members have integrated knowledge from dynamic multiscale life systems, consisting of the genome, molecules, cells, organs, and human body, to promote progress in understanding life systems. Click to Read More




New ACE-Inhibiting Molecule Found in Asparagus

Humans have long taken note of the possible blood-pressure-lowering effects of asparagus. Going back into antiquity, it is claimed even that Egypt’s Pharaoh Akhenaten and his queen Nefertiti called asparagus a “food of the gods.” Now, on a more scientific note, scientists have determined that sulfur-containing compounds in plants can inhibit ACE, an enzyme known to contribute to hypertension.

In research published in the Journal of Natural Products, a group of scientists from the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, along with colleagues from Chiba University, have used a field they are pioneering—targeted metabolomics—to identify a new ACE-inhibiting molecule in the asparagus, which they dubbed asparaptine.

To identify the molecule, the group used mass spectrometry—a technique that involves scanning compounds to find the molecules contained within them—and looked specifically for different molecules containing sulfur. They identified several and then screened them to test their effectiveness in inhibiting ACE. The new compound they found in asparagus spears—asparaptine—turns out to have a very high effectiveness.

According to Ryo Nakabayashi, the first author of the study, “Sulfur-containing compounds have been reported to have a range of benefits, including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-cancer effects, and we are happy to have been able to use targeted metabolomics to find this new important compound.

We will be able to use this efficient method to find new substances and to help get a better understanding of what plant compounds can have a positive effect on human health. We also look forward to learning more about the biological role that asparaptine plays in the asparagus. Click to Read More



JST 2015 Profile : Contributing to Society through Science,
Technology and Innovation

This is the brochure of JST. http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/JST_Brochure.pdf

-  Main Contents  -

1. Establishing R&D Strategies
2. Promoting S&T Innovation
3. Building Infrastructure for S&T Innovation



Animated Short Films Based on Research Results Published on YouTube

JST created a series of animated short films titled Nippon Future Stories to introduce the fun of basic research. These films are fictional and comically illustrate the future that might come true from the practical application of findings achieved in the ERATO (Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology) program. Each film is about four minutes long and is available on the YouTube Miraikan Channel.

You can also enjoy the films in the communication lobby on the first floor of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) with the exhibit panel and the film explaining related studies. Click to Read More

05.10.2015 - 10.10.2015 The Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) Day 2015: Exhibition & Series of Talks @ JCC
16.10.2015 NOH Theater ~Behind the Mask~ @ Woodlands Regional Library
16.10.2015 JET Program Event @ JCC
21.10.2015 - 24.10.2015 Exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 @ JCC
27.10.2015-13.11.2015 Washi Mokuhanga Exhibition by Mr. Takenouchi @ JCC


10.03.2015 - 31.12.2017 Fifty Years of Singapore Design exhibition @ National Design Centre
07.10.2015 Opening Reception of Hiroshi Kato Haiku Blog
30.10.2015-01.11.2015 Kafka on the Shore: Co-Produced by the Japan Foundation
01.11.2015 Bryson Andres + Duke of Pianeet ( Mr Yui Morishita ) Live Concert
The Japan Foundation Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2016
シンガポールビジネス日本語教育国際研究大会: Website / ポスター
Grant Program of The Sumitomo Foundation (Grant for Japan-Related Research Projects)
Japanese Restaurants in Singapore / シンガポールにおける日本食レストラン数
The 6th Sendai International Music Competition is now open for application
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