JCC E-Magazine December 2018

Dr Iskandar Jalil: Paradox
(From left to right) H.E. Jun Yamazaki, Dr Iskandar Jalil, Ms Jane Ittogi, Mdm Iskandar and Mrs Junko Yamazaki.


The space in JCC was occupied by over 60 unique and intricate works from Dr Iskandar Jalil's exhibition in November. It was our utmost pleasure to have welcomed so many visitors in the past month, and to offer everyone the rare opportunity to get a close-up look of Dr Iskandar Jalil's unconventional ceramic pieces, which also encompasses Japanese philosophies. Besides that, guests also had the chance to find out more about the Master Potter's inspirations through an intimate dialogue session, moderated by Dr Suriani Suratman.

In the month of December, JCC will continue to bring you various activities to wrap up 2018. Be it taking part in an Ikebana Christmas workshop, learning more about sake, or watching intriguing documentaries at JCC Cinema, we hope that you will end the year on a memorable note with us!

Director's Message

Season’s Greetings!

As the year draws to a close, Singapore is enveloped in a joyful and festive mood. Of course, this infectious mood has been injected into JCC too, especially as we sit at the tip of Orchard Road which is now covered in dazzling Disney Christmas lights and decorations sponsored by Hitachi. Here at JCC, an array of intriguing programmes will be presented to everyone, such as the return of Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135’s...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

2-Day Internship Programme at JCC

Two students of The Japanese School Singapore, Clementi campus joined JCC as part of their school’s curriculum of experiencing working life in Singapore, on 1st and 2nd November. It was the period before Dr Iskandar Jalil’s solo exhibition “Dr Iskandar Jalil: Paradox” and thus were able to not just view his works in the flesh, but speak to the distinguished artist and also assist in the set-up process. Former Ambassador to Singapore Mr Haruhisa...(Click here to read more)


Opening Reception of Dr Iskandar Jalil: Paradox

The opening reception of Singaporean Master Potter Dr Iskandar Jalil’s solo exhibition, entitled ‘Dr Iskandar Jalil: Paradox’, was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Friday, 2 November 2018. H.E. Jun Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan, and Mrs Junko Yamazaki attended the event as hosts, while Ms Jane Ittogi, Former Chair of Singapore Art Museum, graced the reception as the Guest-of-Honour. Over 100 guests, including family and friends of Dr...(Click here to read more)
Pre-departure orientation to Singapore Representative at Asian International Children’s Film Festival, JENESYS 2018 Programme

Students representing Singapore at the upcoming Asian International Children’s Film Festival 2018 were invited to JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Saturday, 3rd November 2018 for their pre-departure trip to Hokkaido, Japan! Welcomed by JCC Director Ms Akiko Sugita, a total of 9 students from Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic will be showcasing 3...(Click here to read more)

Dialogue with Dr Iskandar Jalil

On 3 November 2018, a dialogue with Dr Iskandar Jalil was held, in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Dr Iskandar Jalil: Paradox’, which is currently showing at JCC. JCC’s E-library was a full house to many audience members who attended, all hoping to hear Dr. Iskandar’s thoughts on his current exhibition. Audience members took the opportunity to pick Dr Iskandar’s brain on topics relating to his inspiration for his artworks, and his thoughts...(Click here to read more)

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

Nomarin was back in Singapore for the 18th time to perform Kamishibai at Bishan Public Library and Jurong Regional Library during the school holiday period. Both venues saw audiences of 60-70 each, with children and parents enthusiastically participating in the interactive segments of the 4 stories. It was also Nomarin’s English debut of the French folktale “The Duck...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Wine Seminar

Japan Creative Centre (JCC) was delighted to invite Ms Aya Mizukami, a freelance writer who currently writes wine-related articles for Nikkei’s information site “NIKKI STYLE” as well as for wine-specialty magazines, to share her great knowledge of Japanese wine during a seminar on 27 November 2018. Guests were able to learn more about the development of wine production and consumption in Japan, and the distinctive features of Japanese...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

Exchange with Southeast Asian Muslim Youth: TAMU2018

Two Singaporean representatives, Ms. Faizah Bte Mohd Salihin and Mr. Mohamad Saiful Bin Md Anuar, are currently in Tokyo, Japan at the Exchange with Southeast Asian Muslim Youth: Talk with Muslim series (TAMU) 2018, together with other Muslim intellectuals from Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Indonesia. Organised by 国際交流基金アジアセンター The Japan Foundation Asia Center and taking place from 4 to 13 November 2018, the...(Click here to read more)

Book Launch of ‘Orchids On A Sakura Branch: A Haiku Anthology’

A book launch ceremony by Unggun Creative for the anthology of English-Malay haiku, ‘Orchids On A Sakura Branch: A Haiku Anthology’ was held at The Arts House at The Old Parliament on 6th November in conjunction with the Singapore Writers Festival. Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim attended the ceremony as GOH and Director of JCC...(Click here to read more)

Kyoto Green Treasure @ ABC Cooking Studio

JCC (Japan Creative Centre) was invited to participate in one of ABC Cooking Studio’s upcoming lessons, Kyoto Green Treasure, on 7 November 2018. While incorporating Kyoto sponsored ingredients including shogoin daikon (Japanese radish), ebi imo (yam), kujo negi (leek) and mizuna, a total of five scrumptious dishes were created in just 2 hours: furofuki daikon, omusoba, mizuna salad, green smoothie and mizuna cookies. This special class is...(Click here to read more)


Visit by Mr Hideyo Hanazumi, Governor of Niigata Prefecture

Mr Hideyo Hanazumi, the Governor of Niigata Prefecture, visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) and our exhibition ‘Dr Iskandar Jalil: Paradox’ on Monday, 5 November 2018, during his trip to Singapore. JCC Director Ms Akiko Sugita and Deputy Director Mr Gaku Mizota welcomed and guided the Governor around JCC...(Click here to read more)

Visit by Mr Toshihide Ando, Former Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of Japan in Singapore and JCC Director

Mr Toshihide Ando, Former Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of Japan in Singapore and JCC Director, visited Dr. Iskandar Jalil and his exhibition ‘Dr Iskandar Jalil: Paradox’ today at JCC (Japan Creative Centre)! Mr Ando is currently the Deputy Director-General/Deputy Assistant Minister of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and was in town...(Click here to read more)

Visit by Professors & Staffs of Yale-NUS College

A group of professors and staffs of Yale-NUS College visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 17 November 2018 for our exhibition on Dr. Iskandar Jalil: Paradox. Ms Aida Binte Khalid, disciple of Dr. Iskandar Jalil, welcomed them, gave them a guided tour around the exhibition as well as an in-depth explanation about the philosophies and stories of Dr. Iskandar Jalil and his works. The group also had a rare opportunity to catch up with Dr...(Click here to read more)

Visit by J.CLAIR

Mr. Hiroaki Isobe, Executive Consultant, Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), Tokyo, and Mr. Kazuyuki Amari, Executive Director of J.Clair, Singapore, visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) to discuss the future collaboration between J.Clair and JCC with our Director Ms. Akiko Sugita and Deputy Director Mr. Gaku Mizota of JCC on 21 November. Mr. Isobe and Mr Amari also viewed our exhibition, Dr Iskandar Jalil: Paradox...(Click here to read more)

Visit by RSVP Singapore

A visit to JCC (Japan Creative Centre)’s ongoing exhibition ‘Dr Iskandar Jalil: Paradox’ was organised by RSVP Singapore on 24th November 2018 for senior citizens, as part of their efforts to promote active ageing. They were given a tour of the exhibition in English and Mandarin respectively by curators Ms Aida Khalid and Ms Agnes Lim, whom are also disciples of Dr Iskandar Jalil. The senior citizens also collected their personal ceramic pieces...(Click here to read more)

Visit by Professor Tommy Koh & Dr Yaacob Ibrahim

Japan Creative Centre (JCC) received surprise visits from Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, and former minister Dr Yacacob Ibrahim on 24th November 2018. Professor Tommy Koh was welcomed by Dr Iskandar Jalil and his family, and he also greeted senior citizens from RSVP Singapore who were also visiting the exhibition ‘Dr Iskandar Jalil: Paradox’ at the same time. Shortly after, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim visited JCC...(Click here to read more)

Visit by JENESYS2018 ASEAN Inbound Programme (Culture and Art Exchange)

14 students who will be participating in the JENESYS2018 ASEAN Inbound Programme (Culture and Art Exchange) visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 29th November 2018. They were greeted by JCC Director Ms Akiko Sugita, and Third Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Singapore Ms Chihiro Ono. They also had the chance to talk with Dr Iskandar Jalil, to ask more about his...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for December

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The Monsters of the Oga Peninsula

Farming families on the Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture are visited on New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day by ferocious demons named namahage that strike terror into the hearts of young children. Namahage are imaginary creatures, and the visitors are really village residents donning blue and red masks and wearing coats made from dried seaweed and straw. The namahage with blue masks are male demons, while the red masks denote female demons. The male demons hold aloft sacred staffs with strips...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

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Launch Results of the H-IIA F40 Encapsulating GOSAT-2 and KhalifaSat

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and JAXA successfully launched H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 40 (H-IIA F40) which encapsulates Second Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite "IBUKI-2" (GOSAT-2) and KhalifaSat, a UAE's remote sensing Earth observation satellite. at 13:08:00 on October 29, 2018 (JST) from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center...(Click to read more)


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IBUKI-2 (GOSAT-2) Completion of Critical Operations Phase

JAXA received telemetry data from IBUKI-2(GOSAT-2), confirming that the satellite attitude control system had transitioned to a steady state. Current status of the IBUKI-2 satellite is stable. Subsequently, the following procedure occurred - power generation that supports the satellites' operation by the deployed solar array wings, ground communications and sound attitude control that maintains those operations. Combined by the completion of the series of other operations, such as powering up of the bus and mission equipment, IBUKI-2 has been able to sustain itself in orbit. This concludes the critical operations phase...(Click to read more)


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Successful re-entry of H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI7” (HTV7)

The H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI7” (HTV7) successfully re-entered the atmosphere after the third de-orbit maneuver at 6:14 a.m. on November 11, 2018 (Japanese Standard Time, JST)...(Click to read more)



K computer remains world champion of the Graph500 ranking

For the eighth time in a row, Japan’s K computer has taken the top spot on the Graph500 ranking, a benchmark which, in comparison to the better known Top500 ranking, gauges the ability of supercomputers on data-intensive loads rather than simple speed, with the goal of improving computing involving complex data problems in “big data” areas such as cybersecurity, medical informatics, data enrichment, social networks, symbolic networks, and modeling neuronal circuits in the brain. The top rank this time was won by a collaboration involving RIKEN, Kyushu University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Fujitsu, and Fixstars Corporation, The achievement was announced on November 13 at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis in Dallas, Texas. In order to encourage the further development of such tools, the group has published the program as open source code on the GitHub repository...(Click to read more)



Mutations, CRISPR, and the biology behind movement disorders

Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) in Japan have discovered how mutations related to a group of movement disorders produce their effects. Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, the study found three ways in which mutations affecting the IP3R1 protein can affect the chemical balance of neurons in the brain, ultimately leading to the degeneration of motor control...(Click to read more)



Gene regulator that allows plant rehydration after drought

Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan have found that the protein NGA1 is critical for plants to have normal responses to dehydration. Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, the study shows how NGA1 controls transcription of a key gene that ultimately allows plants to survive after periods of drought...(Click to read more)


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SAKURA Exchange Program in Science (SSP) by JST

Asia is undergoing a period of dramatic progress. Promoting science and technology is a key engine to materialize a bright future of Asia and it is vitally important to enhance the exchange of Japanese and Asian youths who will play a crucial role in the field of science and technology. Based on this concept, “Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science” (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science) is the program for enhancing exchanges between Asia and Japan of the youths who will play a crucial role in the future field of science and technology through the close collaboration of industry-academia-government by facilitating short-term visits of competent Asian youths to Japan. (Click here to read more: Website | High School Student Special Course Videos | Pamphlet)


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Miraikan -Exhibition Guide

Miraikan is a place where we can understand the things happening in our world today from a scientific point of view, and have discussions while considering the future that awaits us. In addition to exhibitions that provide people with a chance to enjoy hands-on contact with science and technology, Miraikan's colorful line-up of offerings includes experienced based classes, and talks. Visitors can experience the technological progress of today, from simple day-to-day questions, to the latest technologies, the global environment, space exploration and...(Click here to read more: Website | Video)


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Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies

Since FY2015, Kyoto University has launched “Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP): Promotion of Sustainable Development Research” within the framework of the Collaboration Hubs for International Research Program (CHIRP) 2015 funded by the Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). This project promotes research that can be...(Click to read more)


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Calls for Proposals: FY 2019 Infectious Diseases and Immunology Research: U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program Collaborative Awards, 2019

AMED in collaboration with U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is pleased to announce the joint request for proposals on "Viral Diseases and Immunology Research: U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program Collaborative Awards, 2019." Please click here to read more details: https://www.amed.go.jp/en/news/program/0301B_00005.html


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Research Results supported by AMED on the English Website

AMED enhanced the contents of the website in English including news releases and research results supported by AMED. Recent research results were such as “The intellectual disability gene PQBP1 rescues Alzheimer’s disease pathology” and “Structural insight into microtubule stabilization and kinesin inhibition by Tau family MAPs”. More research results and news updates will be on: https://www.amed.go.jp/en/index.html

Education Information in Japan

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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 2018-2019

"Scholarships for International Students in Japan 2018-2019" 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)


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Job Hunting Guide for International Students

Job Hunting Guide for International Students 2019 was released by Japan Student Service Organisation (JASSO). (Click here to read more)


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Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 115 November 9th, 2018

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

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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 2018 EJU | (Click here to read more))


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Study in Japan Fair

JASSO holds Study in Japan Fairs outside Japan with participation of Japanese universities to provide information on study in Japan to high school students, university students and educators.

Target: High school students, university students and graduate students.
Exhibitors: Japanese universities
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Search for Japanese schools (graduate schools, universities and junior colleges)

Information related to application qualifications, major field of studies, medium of instruction and on-campus scholarships of Japanese graduate schools, universities and junior colleges is available for searching through Excel files posted online. (Click here to read more)


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Study in English at Japanese university

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EDU-Port Japan

EDU-Port Japan is a public-private, nationwide initiative to proactively disseminate Japanese-style education overseas by providing a platform from which the public and private sectors collaborate in achieving this objective. The platform is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and many other organizations including NGOs and private businesses.
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Top Global University Project

Since 2014, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has been carrying out the Top Global University Project to provide prioritized support to those universities that are leading the internationalization of Japan’s education by launching new programs to encourage and deepen interactions and partnerships with the world’s top universities, reforming personnel and educational systems, enhancing educational systems to help students develop the ability to act globally and accelerating other globalization initiatives. Under the Top Global University Project, 13 universities were selected as Type A (Top Type) universities that are conducting world-leading education and research and 24 universities were selected as Type B (Global Traction Type) universities that are leading the globalization of Japanese society. These 37 universities have been working hard on internationalization and university reform. (Click here to read more)

Top global university project Outline Flyer is as follows: https://tgu.mext.go.jp/en/downloads/pdf/sgu_flier.pdf

Upcoming Events at JCC

10.12.2018 Let's Talk About Japan ~ Lessons from Japan’s Lost Decades ~
08.12.2018 YEAR-END SPECIAL: JCC Cinema 70 Meets Akita Tourism with Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki
07.12.2018 Japanese Sake Seminar ~ An Introduction to Junmai and Ginjo ~
07.12.2018 Ikebana Christmas Workshop ~ A workshop by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 ~

Supported Events

09.12.2018 Charity Tea-Gathering "Winter Scenery" by Chado Urasenke Tankokai Singapore Association @ JAS

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