JCC E-Magazine December 2016

Commemorative Temari which displays the national flags and flowers of Singapore and Japan, in celebration of SJ50.


It was a beautiful fusion of innovation and tradition in the month of November, such as in The Encounter of Japan's Traditional Crafts and Design: A Watch Winder Exhibition by Inoue Hikone & Makie Workshop/Demonstration by Kenji Ohmachi. It was wonderful to see so many people interested in the Temari Exhibition and Workshop too, in which they had the unique chance of creating their own Temari. Following positive responses from previous years, Nomarin, an expert in the art of the traditional Japanese Paper Drama, Kamishibai (紙芝居) conducted two performances in collaboration with the National Library Board (NLB) to many delighted children. As the year draws to an end, we hope that everyone can keep spreading the SJ50 spirit!

Director's Message

© George Lonezmoon Photography 2014

My mission here is about to complete with the end of 2016 is approaching. Throughout this year of "SJ50", with its preparation period since my arrival in mid 2014, I have thoroughly enjoyed working here at JCC. Now we count as many as over 200 individual SJ50 registered events with us, and as we saw the great success of SJ50 Matsuri & Parade at the end of October, I will go back to Tokyo happily. My overseas assignment was...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Singapore Japanese Secondary School (SJSS) Internship Programme

Two 2nd grade students from the Japanese Secondary School in Singapore participated in a 1-day internship programme at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 4th November 2016. They had the opportunity to experience working life and the daily functions of our centre. They fulfilled their duties exceedingly well, such as guiding visitors and taking care of the Hanging... (Click here to read more)

Farewell Briefing to Singapore Representative at Asian International Children's Film Festival, JENESYS 2016 Programme

Students representing Singapore at the upcoming Asian International Children’s Film Festival 2016 were invited to JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 11th November for their pre-departure trip to Hokkaido, Japan. As part of this year’s JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) 2016...(Click here to read more)

Opening of The Encounter of Japan's Traditional Crafts and Design: A Watch Winder Exhibition by Inoue Hikone & Makie Workshop/Demonstration by Kenji Ohmachi

The Encounter of Japan’s Traditional Crafts & Design – a watch winder exhibition by Inoue Butsudan was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) from 17 – 19 November 2016. An opening ceremony was held on 17 November 2016, where invited guests were welcomed by JCC Deputy Director Mr Kazunori...(Click here to read more)

Temari Exhibition & Workshop

A Temari (a traditional Japanese embroidered ball) exhibition by Japan Temari Cultural Association was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) from 24 – 26 November 2016, showcasing both traditional and original Temari designs. Over 100 unique designs of these colourful Temari were on display. These included the Temari artists’ original creations which utilise traditional skills, as well as distinct designs from different prefectures of...(Click here to read more)

STORY TIME: Smile On Everyone's Face! Play on traditional Japanese paper drama, Kamishibai by Nomarin

Once again, children and parents were treated to a lively and hilarious Kamishibai (紙芝居), a performance on traditional Japanese Paper Drama by Nomarin on Sunday, 27 November. This annual event was co-organised by Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore, The Japanese Association Singapore, in collaboration of the National Library Board...(Click here to read more)

SJ50 Supported Events

Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500–1900

The opening event of Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500–1900 was held at ACM (Asian Civilisations Museum) on Thursday, 3rd November 2016. H. E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and Madam Yuko Shinoda graced the event and this special exhibition that paints a picture of life through photographs, paintings, fashion, luxury goods, and everyday objects... (Click here to view more)

The SJ50 Football Carnival - Ambassador Cup 2016-

The SJ 50 Football Carnival - Ambassador Cup 2016- was held at the Singapore Sports School last Sunday, on13th November 2016. A total of 12 soccer teams consisting of both Japanese and Singapore primary school students competed in this wonderful SJ50 event! The Japanese soccer team “ FC Jepun Hitam Team A” won the 1st Prize, and the Singapore Soccer team “ Tanjong... (Click here to view more)

Wrestling World 2016

Wrestling World 2016 in Singapore was held on 15th November at Marina Bay Sands as part of our SJ50 events! Starring some of the biggest New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) stars such as Mr Kazuchika Okada and Mr Hiroshi Tanahashi, it was the first big live event by NJPW in Singapore, one of the major professional wrestling promotions in Japan. H.E. Ambassador... (Click here to view more)

ASEAN-Japan Carnival

Singapore welcomed Nippon Maru and the participants of Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) 2016 on 26th November 2016. The country programme was held from the 26th – 29th November 2016. On the first day, the ASEAN-Japan Carnival was held at Singapore EXPO and Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Chairperson of... (Click here to view more)

The Creation of a New Robot Era

Prof Tomotaka Takahashi, CEO, ROBO GARAGE Co. Ltd, and Research Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo, held a lecture "The Creation of a New Robot Era" at Singapore Polytechnic. This event which took place yesterday, 28th November 2016, is one of the SJ50 events organised by the Cabinet Office in Japan. All the participants enjoyed this wonderful... (Click here to view more)


Courtesy Call by Mr Yuji Watase of Japan Super Rugby Association

Mr Yuji Watase, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Japan Super Rugby Association had a courtesy call on His Excellency Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore on 9th November to introduce SUNWOLVES – the Japanese team that will be participating in the 2017 Super Rugby. Do catch the following...(Click here to view more)

Visit to JCC by Meridian Primary School

Students from Meridian Primary School visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Friday, 11th November 2016. Led by Mr Clarence Low, HOD Science and Mr Lew Kai Keng, VIA coordinator, JCC Director Ms Misako Ito welcomed the group who were here to learn about Japanese cultures, practices and values. Following which, Third Secretary Ms Junko Minagawa made a presentation and further explained about the education system...(Click here to view more)

Visit by Minister Yosuke Tsuruho

The Minister of State for “Cool Japan” Strategy, Mr Yosuke Tsuruho visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) and the Temari Exhibition on 26th November 2016. The members of the Japan Temari Association gave a tour of the exhibition which showcased both traditional and original Temari. JCC Director Ms Misako Ito welcomed and introduced the centre, as well as this year’s SJ50 to the Minister. Minister Yosuke Tsuruho was visiting Singapore to attend...(Click here to view more)

JCC's visit to Singapore Judo Federation

Singapore Judo Federation (SJF) invited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) for a visit to one of their training grounds at Raffles Institution on Saturday, 19 November. Mr Low Chee Kiang, National Coach at SJF, welcomed our Second Secretary Mr Masanori Kawabata and Third Secretary Ms Junko Minagawa, where they had a first-hand experience of Judo training in Singapore... (Click here to view more)

Ambassador's visit to The 4th Women's Asian Champions Trophy

The 4th Women's Asian Champions Trophy, organised by The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) and the Singapore Hockey Federation, was held in Singapore’s Sengkang Hockey Stadium from 29th October to 5th November 2016. On 5th November, H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and Madam Yuko Shinoda enjoyed an exciting match between Japan and Korea. The Japan.... (Click here to view more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for December

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Ushering in the New Year

The final day of the year, December 31, is called omisoka in Japan. In order to usher in the new year feeling fresh, families have to finish up cleaning their house and making preparations for the New Year holidays by omisoka. Kids are in the middle of winter break, and they usually help out with the chores. A lot of college students and working people who moved to big cities to attend school or take on a job return to their hometowns to spend New Year's with their families, friends, and relatives. On New Year's Eve, many families gather around the TV set to watch special omisoka programs and eat toshi-koshi ("year-crossing") buckwheat noodles in the hope that one's life will be stretched out as long as these...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan


Element 113 has an official name! The name is nihonium, and the chemical symbol Nh

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has officially approved the name (nihonium) and chemical symbol (Nh) proposed earlier this year for element 113 by a research group led by Group Director Kosuke Morita of the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science Research Group for Superheavy Element. Morita’s team began their work to discover new...(Click to read more)



K computer takes first place on HPCG benchmark

On November 16, the K computer took first place in the HPCG benchmark, a new index developed to create a more realistic view of supercomputer performance compared to the commonly used LINPACK benchmark. This success, which surpasses the second place achieved in 2014 and 2015, was made...(Click to read more)



Glycocluster design could lead to targeted drug delivery

A team led by researchers at the RIKEN Biofunctional Synthetic Chemistry Laboratory in Japan has developed a way to engineer glycan complexes—clusters of sugar chains attached to proteins or lipids—in a way that allows the molecules to be transported preferentially to specific organs of the body, depending on the sugar chains contained in the cluster. According to Katsunori Tanaka, the leader of the team, this work, which was published in Advanced Science, could lead to the development of...(Click to read more)


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"Himawari-9" lifted off for space! Launch Success of H-IIA F31

The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 31 with the Geostationary Meteorological Satellite "Himawari-9" onboard lifted off at 3:20 p.m. on November 2, 2016 (Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The launch vehicle flew as planned, and at about 27 minutes and 51 seconds after liftoff, the...(Click to read more)


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The Launch date of the Epsilon-2 with the ERG satellite on board- December 20

JAXA announced that the second Epsilon Launch Vehicle with Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) on board will be launched sometime between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on December 20, 2016 (Japan Standard Time). Live launch coverage from the Uchinoura Space Center will be carried on YouTube. More detail will be available shortly. JAXA is happy to hear from dear readers. Please send words of encouragement to the project members of the Epsilon and of the ERG mission...(Click to read more)


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The launch of KOUNOTORI6 (HTV6) with NTU CubeSat "AOBA Velox III"

On 9th December, KOUNOTORI6 (HTV6), H-II transfer vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS), will be launched from Tanegashima Space Center which is located in southern Japan.

From the following URL, you can enjoy the countdown event of this launch.
Broadcasting at 20:35-21:50 (Singapore Time) on 9th (Friday) December.
For further information (Japanese)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Participants of SAKURA Exchange Program in Science Reunite in Tokyo

On September 24(Sat), the reunion of “Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science” (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science or SSP) was held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or Miraikan (Koto-ward, Tokyo). The reunion named SAKURA Science Club was attended by 43 young people from seven Asian countries (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam), who are alumni...(Click here to read more)


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Participation in Super Science High School Student Fair 2016 from Singapore Office

Walking through the Kobe International Exhibition Hall on the 10th and 11th of August it was hard not to be excited. Because surrounding me was booth after booth filled with the young minds of the annual Super Science High School Fair (SSH). And on those two days, it was as if there was nothing more infectious than the enthusiasm of young minds. The fair, put together by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) and supported by JST, is an annual gathering...(Click to read more)


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Science Agora 2016

Science Agora is the unique scientific festival to build the relationships among science and society through hundreds of programs such as scientific experiments for kids, discussions with cutting edge scientists, and public comments for scientific issues.
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AMED-A*STAR Joint call for Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP)

Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) in Collaboration with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (A*STAR) has announced AMED-A*STAR Joint call for proposal on Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) in ageing research area. Applications are now being accepted until 17:00 on December 19 (Mon).

(1) Research field
“Biological and Molecular Determinants of Human Ageing”
(2) Research period
3 years
(3) Project size
AMED: 22.5 million yen/project(full 3-year period)
A*STAR: 300K Singapore dollars(full 3-year period)
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Why Air Pollutants Make Some People Vulnerable to Atopic Dermatitis

Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine and Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) are pleased to announce the published results of a study into why air pollutants cause some people to be more susceptible to atopic dermatitis, a kind of skin inflammation. “We have discovered that AhR, a transcription factor activated by air pollutants, causes hypersensitivity to itch, through the expression of neurotrophic factor artemin,” says Dr. Masayuki Yamamoto, who led the research team with...(Click here to read more)

Education Information in Japan


© Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Guide book "Student Guide to Japan"

"Student Guide to Japan" is an essential book for international students planning to study in Japan.

(Click to read more: English | Mandarin)


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Pamphlet on Scholarship for International Students in Japan 2016-2017

"Scholarships for International Students in Japan 2016-2017" contains details about scholarships provided by various organisations that have 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 in studying 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. 91 November 10th, 2016

Japan Student Service Organisation (JASSO) publishes Japan Alumni eNews 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

© Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) is used to evaluate whether international students who wish to study at the undergraduate level at universities or other such higher educational institutions in Japan possess the Japanese language skills and the basic academic abilities needed to study at those institutions. Guidelines for the 2017 EJU


© The University of Tokyo

English Programmes by The University of Tokyo

Degree Programs Offered in English for Graduate Students


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STUDY in JAPAN Pavilion @ 2016

FACON Education Fair in JASSO will be leading a group of 43 renowned universities, Japanese language institutes, professional training colleges and organizations to disseminate information on further education opportunities in Japan at the 2016 FACON Education Fair. (Click here to read more)

Upcoming Events at JCC

05.12.2016 Experience Enchanting Mie
10.12.2016 JCC Cinema 52: Pokémon the Movie - Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
14.12.2016 Book Launch Event "The Merlion and Mount Fuji: 50 years of Singapore-Japan Relations"

Related Events

08.12.2016 - 09.12.2016 Asian Meeting Festival in collaboration with Playfreely - CLOSER TO THE EDGE @ The Projector
01.12.2016 - 29.12.2017 Mizu Tetsuo @ Kato Art Duo
25.11.2016 - 11.12.2016 Infinite Diversity @ Opera Gallery
10.03.2015 - 31.12.2017 Fifty Years of Singapore Design Exhibition @ National Design Centre

SJ50 Notice

Until December Sakura Sling @ Raffles Singapore
12.11.2016 - 02.01.2017 Christmas On A Great Street 2016 @ Orchard Road
30.07.2016 - 16.12.2016 The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (43rd)
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


Daily Guided Tours in Japanese (Singapore Biennale 2016)
The Japan Foundation Program Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2017
Grant for Japan-related Research Projects (The Sumitomo Foundation)
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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