JCC E-Magazine August 2016

JCC Director Ms Misako Ito celebrating SJ50 with dancers from both Singapore and Japan during
Nihon Buyo - Traditional Japanese Dance performance at Japan Creative Centre


We were most fortunate to be graced by many colourful events through the month of July. Japanese Sumi Art Exhibition by renowned Japanese calligrapher, Ms Nakatani Suisen, continued through the end of the month, and a beautiful Japanese traditional dance performance was put on by Reitokukai and Akifusaryu at JCC. Our events also reached out to other places such as Global Community Day at Temasek Polytechnic, JCC Cinema at Tanglin Community Club, and the Japanese Speech Contest at the Japanese Association Singapore. It is really wonderful that we are able to celebrate the spirit of SJ50 with more and more people. We look forward to bringing you more inspiring events, so be sure to stay tuned!

Director's Message

© George Lonezmoon Photography 2014

JCC wishes Singapore a happy 51st birthday!

August in Japan reunites our ancestor’s spirits to their loved ones at home. We celebrate the reunion by appreciating our well-being and wishing for the coming season of good harvest. The celebration is hardly quiet given the solemn connotations of the departed. However, the month is honoured by...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Global Community Day 2016 - Rhythms of Culture

Japan Creative Centre was proud to be part of Global Community Day 2016 held at Temasek Poly on 14 July 2016. Grand Master of Reitoku Kai, Mr Naya Reitoku was invited to give the students an introduction into the world of traditional Japanese dance. After talking about the history of Japanese dance, Mr Naya demonstrated various dance styles such as 'Kuroda Bushi' and 'Nasu to Kabocha' and lastly the students also got a chance to...(Click here to read more)
JCC Cinema 48: Always Sunset on Third Street

Our monthly JCC Cinema featured the film “Always -Sunset on Third Street- 3”, and was held at Tanglin Community Club on Saturday, 23rd July 2016. This heart-warming film is based on a long-running manga by Ryōhei Saigan, and follows the lives of the residents on Third Street during the year 1964, when Tokyo hosted its first summer Olympics. Before the film screening, the audience could help themselves to some...(Click here to read more)
Reception for 2016 JET Progamme participants

A farewell reception for the 2016 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme participants from Singapore was held at the Japanese Association, Singapore (JAS) on Thursday, 28th July 2016. His Excellency Ambassador Kenji Shinoda hosted the reception and delivered a short speech to all guests. A total of 25 participants from Singapore will be taking part in this year’s JET Programme, and together, members of the...(Click here to read more)
Nihon Buyo: Traditional Japanese Dance by Akifusaryu and Reitokai

Nihon Buyo - Traditional Japanese Dance Performance by Reitokukai and Akifusaryu was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Saturday, 30th July 2016 in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Singapore and Japan (SJ50). The event had an amazing turnout with all seats filled and received great applauses from the audiences...(Click here to read more)

SJ50 Supported Events

Project Hope: Movie Screening and distribution of daily necessities for Home Nursing Foundation

Project Hope is a corporate volunteering program of Sumitomo Corporation Asia & Oceania Pte Ltd that aims to contribute to the social welfare of Singapore. In commemoration of SJ50, Sumitomo Corporation Asia & Oceania Pte Ltd collaborated with Singapore’s leading film director, Jack Neo in organizing an exclusive movie screening on Friday, 24th June...(Click here to view more)
The 10th Red & White Karaoke Contest

The Red & White Karaoke Contest commenced in 1996 with the aim of promoting Karaoke Exchange between Tampines East Community Club (TECC) and the Japanese Association, Singapore (JAS). This year, they celebrated the 10th Red & White Karaoke Contest on 25th June as part of SJ50 celebration together with Ms Cheng Li Hui, Advisor to Tampines East CC, Mr Mah Bow Tan, former Adviser to Tampines Grassroots Organisations...(Click here to view more)
Cool Akita in Singapore

H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda attended Cool Akita in Singapore at Restaurant Kacyo on 29th June, together with the Governor of Akita Prefecture, the Honorable Norihisa Satake and the CEO of Food Works Inc. Mr. Keiichi Miyamoto. Guests had the opportunity to experience the fascinating charms, as well as the delicious food and sake exclusively from Akita at the event. (Click here to view more)
Opening Ceremony of C3 CharaExpo 2016

The Opening Ceremony of C3 CharaExpo 2016 was held in Singapore EXPO on 9th July 2016! His Excellency Ambassador Kenji Shinoda graced the ceremony, together with Mr Takaaki Kitani, CEO of Bushiroad Inc, Mr Kazuchika Okada, New Japan Pro Wrestling / IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Ms Suzuko Mimori, outstanding Voice Actress and the representatives of Sotsu Co Ltd, Asatsu-DK Singapore and..(Click here to view more)
Japanese Speech Contest 2016

The finals for the Japanese Speech Contest 2016 was held last Sunday, 10th July 2016, at the Japanese Association Singapore. This SJ50 event was jointly organised by Japan Creative Centre, Embassy of Japan in Singapore, The Japanese Cultural Society Singapore, The Japanese Association Singapore, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Singapore, and The Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore...(Click here to view more)
Mizuno Ekiden 2016

Mizuno Ekiden 2016 was held on 16 July at the Promontory @ Marina Bay as part of our SJ50 celebrations! Back for the second year, Mizuno Ekiden is Singapore's first full-fledged Ekiden relay race. H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and Mrs Shinoda graced the event and cheered for the runners. Ambassador Shinoda also presented the top prize to the champions of 42.195km Open Category. (Click here to view more)


Ambassador with New Japan Pro-Wrestling stars at C3 CharaExpo 2016

To our pro-wrestling fans! As part of the C3 CharaExpo 2016, the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) stars held an exclusive talk show and autograph sessions for their fans in Singapore. Here are the pro-wrestlers with H.E. Mr Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore and Mrs Shinoda! (Click here to view more)
Courtesy Call by Mayor of Takeo city Mr Tadashi Komatsu

The Mayor of Takeo city in Japan, Mr Tadashi Komatsu, paid a visit to H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda earlier this week on Tuesday, 12th July 2016. They were joined by other Takeo city government members, Ms Misako Ito, Director of JCC, Mr Kenichiro Ieda, First Secretary, and Mr Kazunori Matsunaga, First Secretary. The participants discussed about the activities in Singapore and Takeo city, and also explored the...(Click here to view more)
Visit by Mayor of Rikuzentakada city of Iwate Prefecture Mr Futoshi Toba

City Mayor of Rikuzentakada, Mr Futoshi Toba from Iwate Prefecture visited H.E. Ambassador Shinoda and shared a story about the Community Centre, built by the generous support from Singapore Red Cross. Mayor himself lost his wife by the Tsunami on 11th March, 2011, but never stopped leading his city to be reconstructed as one of the "inclusive" cities. He came to...(Click here to view more)
Ambassador's visit to Japan Coast Guard training vessel KOJIMA

H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda paid a visit to the Japan Coast Guard training vessel KOJIMA, which is berthing temporarily in Singapore, on 20th July 2016. He met KOJIMA's Captain Hiroyuki Nanaura, where they discussed issues such as the South China Sea, and was given a tour of the vessel. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda also met 50 trainees onboard KOJIMA, and gave them...(Click here to view more)
JS Inazuma and JS Suzutsuki calling in at Singapore port

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships - JS Inazuma (いなずま) and JS Suzutsuki(すずつき)arrived at Singapore on the way to Gulf of Aden to conduct Counter-piracy Operations. While these ships were here, H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda visited the ships and offered words of encouragement to the commanding officers - Captain Atsushi Minami and his crew. (Click here to view more)
Ambassador at Singapore Garden Festival

Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) is one of the best five garden festivals around the world and this year’s SGF is celebrating its 10 years as the largest edition ever. H.E Ambassador Shinoda was welcomed by Mr Wong Hung Shane, Assistant Director of the Gardens by the Bay and Mr Sim Cheng Hai, Group Director of Policy & Planning, National Parks. Ambassador also greeted participating designers from Japan...(Click here to view more)

Featured Article of the Month

© Dr Izumi Walker
International Conference on Business Japanese Language Education in Singapore By Dr Izumi Walker

Japanese has been the most popular foreign language to study in Singapore since the country gained independence in 1965. In conjunction with its economic development as well as the stable relationship between the two nations, Japanese language education was actively promoted and there has been an increasing number of Japanese language learners...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for July

© Aomori Prefectural Tourism Association
Nebuta Festival

The Nebuta Festival takes place from August 2 to 7 in the city of Aomori, which is located at the northern tip of Japan's main island, Honshu. It used to be part of the Tanabata Festival, which was traditionally held on the seventh day of the seventh month on the old Japanese calendar. That date roughly corresponds to August 7 on the calendar that's used today. The Nebuta Festival features a parade of huge lanterns in the...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Astronaut Onishi Starts the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition Mission

The Soyuz Spacecraft with Astronaut Takuya Onishi onboard lifted off at 10:36 am on July 7 (JST) and docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on July 9. This is his first long-term stay at ISS where he will live there for about four months as a flight engineer for the 48th and 49th expedition crew and perform science experiments and robotic operations. (Click here to read more)


© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Tanegashima Space Center

The Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), established in 1969, is the largest rocket-launch complex in Japan with a total area of about 9,700,000 square meters. Located in the south of Kagoshima Prefecture, along the southeast coast of Tanegashima, it is known as the most beautiful rocket-launch complex in the world. On-site facilities include the Yoshinobu Launch Complex, a launch site for large-size rockets, Spacecraft Test and...(Click to read more)


© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Magnetosphere Has a Large Intake of Solar Wind Energy

Solar wind forms the energy source for aurora explosions. How does the Earth’s magnetosphere take in the energy of the solar wind? An international team led by Hiroshi Hasegawa and Naritoshi Kitamura (ISAS/JAXA) analyzed data taken by the US-Japan collaborative mission GEOTAIL and NASA’s MMS satellites and revealed that the interaction between the magnetic fields of Earth and the Sun, or more precisely the phenomenon known as...(Click to read more)



Into the Future with the Post K Computer -Solutions to Global Challenges

The K computer has been a powerful scientific tool that has made possible many world-leading research results. RIKEN AICS is now developing a new supercomputer, the Post K computer, scheduled to be launched in 2020. This video introduces what the Post K computer is expected to achieve and how it will be used for advanced scientific research as well as for...(Click here to watch video)



K computer Simulation: Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Disasters

Supercomputer K is a powerful tool for science. The video introduces the world’s first simulation to examine the effects of a devastating earthquake striking a city of more than a million people. This short video introduces an overview of the simulation. The full version to be released later online will include more, such as how we took advantage of K’s computational...(Click here to watch video)



RIST and NSCC in Singapore signed the MOU on information exchange

On 20 June 2016, the Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST) and the National Supercomputing Centre Singapore (NSCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) expressing interest to conduct bilateral exchange of information. In accordance with the MOU, RIST and NSCC will schedule regular meetings for the exchange of...(Click here to read more)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

“JST Breakthrough Report 2016” Just Released

Every year, JST has been accomplishing a large number of achievements through its research funding programs. Of the achievements, we have chosen those which have a notably high impact on society, and have put them together in a brochure titled “JST Breakthrough Report” for the stakeholders as well as the public. To the fiscal 2016 issue of brochure, we have newly added 15 breakthroughs, which include...(Click here to read more)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP)

The e-ASIA JRP was launched in 2012 with the aim of contributing to economic and human resource development in East Asia, as well as the resolution of various challenges across the region, including environmental degradation, natural disasters and the spread of infectious diseases. JST is one of the participating organizations intending to tackle these shared challenges head-on, in order to realize an innovative and...(Click here to read more)


© SIP / Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

SIP " Pioneering the Future: Japanese Science, Technology and Innovation"

The Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) is a national project for science, technology and innovation, spearheaded by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation as it exercises its headquarters function to accomplish its role in leading science, technology and innovation beyond the framework of government ministries and traditional...(Click here to read more: Brochure | SIP Summary | The 11 Issues Addressed by SIP)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) / Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT)

ImPACT (Impulsing PAradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program) is a program led by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation. Founded in 2014, this program aims for the achievement of disruptive innovation. A distinctive characteristic of this program is the embracing of a high-risk, high impact philosophy. ImPACT focuses on difficult research without...(Click here to read more: Website | Brochure | R&D Programs)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

The 2nd ImPACT International Symposium on Spintronic Memory, Circuit and Storage
September 30, 2016 | Tsukuba International Congress Center

The Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) engages in research and development in the field of medicine and medical device, establishing and maintaining an environment for this R&D, and providing funding, in order to promote integrated medical R&D from basic research to...(Click here to read more: Website | Program | Registration)


© Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers

To promote international scientific cooperation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) encourages highly qualified researchers from the worldover to come to and conduct joint research activities with colleagues at Japanese universities and research institutes. (Click here to read more)

Standard, Short-term, Pathway


© Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)

e-ASIA Joint Research Program AMED’s Newly Supporting Projects in the field of “Infectious Diseases” and “Cancer”

The e-ASIA Joint Research Program (hereinafter referred to as the “e-ASIA JRP”) aims to develop a vibrant and collaborative research community in Science and Technology, to promote innovation in the East Asian region, and to contribute to the region’s economic development. As a part of the program, the call in the field of “Infectious Diseases” and...(Click here to read more)

Education Information in Japan

© Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Guide book "Student Guide to Japan"

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) has recently updated and published the brochure on "Student Guide to Japan". It contains essential information and guidelines for international students who are planning to study in Japan.

English version
Chinese version


© Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Pamphlet on Scholarship for International Students in Japan 2016-2017

"Scholarships for International Students in Japan 2016-2017" contains details of scholarships provided by various organizations that responded to a questionnaire survey carried out by JASSO. (Click here to read more)


Free student counselling at the Embassy of Japan

Our new Student Advisor Ms Regina provides free student counselling for people interested to study in Japan.The counselling will be held at the Embassy of Japan, 16 Nassim Road, Singapore 258390. No appointment is necessary. Please call 62358855 if you have any queries. There will be no counselling sessions on Embassy holidays. (Click here to read more)


© Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 87 July 8th, 2016

Japan Student Service Organisation (JASSO) is publishing Japan Alumni the E News every month. The contents are as follows:

  1. Life in Japan by Photo
  2. Alumni News
  3. Academic News
  4. Business News (Job Hunting)
  5. Visit Japan
  6. NIPPON Information
  7. JASSO News
  8. From the Editor

© MEXT / Super Global High School

Super Global High School Program (MEXT program)

The Super Global High School Program aims to foster globalized leaders who will be able to play active roles on the international stage through education at high schools that contribute to this mission. Students will achieve goals such as awareness and deep knowledge of social issues, communication ability and problem-solving skills. High schools certified as Super Global High Schools design a profile for the type of globalized leader they...(Click here to read more)

Culture & Sports Information in Japan

World Forum on Sport and Culture

On October 19th -22nd , World Forum on Sport and Culture will be held in Kyoto and Tokyo, hosted by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan Sports Agency and Agency for Cultural Affairs. Discuss and transmit information about the international contributions of sport, culture, economics, and their tangible and intangible legacy while coordinating with tourism to hold an international meeting in...(Click here to read more)


The Inscription of “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement” on UNESCO’s World Heritage List (Decision at the 40th Session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO)

On July 17th, at the 40th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in Istanbul, Turkey, a decision was made to inscribe on the World Heritage List “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement,” which Japan as one of the seven countries including France jointly nominated as a candidate for the list, and that the National Museum of Western Art of Japan has been inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Statement by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

Upcoming Events at JCC

13.08.2016 Yukata Workshop
06.08.2016 - 13.08.2016 Canon Photo Clinic in Japan Exhibition

Related Events at JCC

25.09.2016 - 05.11.2016 Shinro Ohtake: Solo Exhibition @ STPI
10.03.2015 - 31.12.2017 Fifty Years of Singapore Design Exhibition @ National Design Centre

SJ50 Notice

The Launch of SJ50 Matsuri Website
The 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) Project Approval Process
The 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) Project Plan in Singapore


Morning guided walk around Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (in Japanese)
Call For Documentaries (The 5th Visual Documentary Project 2016)
Entries sought for essay contest on Natsume Soseki
Youkobo Art Space calling for artist-in-residence for 2017
Hida - Takayama Contemporary Woodblock-Prints Triennale 2017
Japanese Restaurants in Singapore / シンガポールにおける日本食レストラン数
50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50)

Japan Creative Centre

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2016 marks the
50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations