JCC E-Magazine February 2016

Japanese mascot Hello Kitty and Singapore mascot Dori-tan at the Ceremony of Agreement between JNTO & STB on SJ50


The month of January had welcomed various interesting events such as the WAZA Reception by the Ministry of Agriculture Japan, followed by the Opening Ceremony of the Hokkaido Government Representative Office here in Singapore. A Mazaaki Suzuki Bach Concert was held at the NUS YST Conservatory Hall. A few cultural lectures were also conducted at SMU and LKYSPP. JCC had also hosted lectures of different genres like Space Business By Mr Nobu Okada and Football Discussion by Albirex Niigata.

JCC promises to bring more exciting and interesting events for this year of SJ50.
Stay tuned to our next monthly issue to get a glimpse of all the exciting events organised by JCC!

Director's Message

© George Lonezmoon Photography 2014

Happy Lunar New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!

I am so delighted to report that we kicked off our SJ50 celebrations with numerous exciting events, which you may have seen colourful photos through Facebook or this E-Magazine. We had Minister Moriyama of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) in Japan for our ‘WAZA – Enjoy Taste of Japan’ seminar and reception during the first weekend of January. At the reception, our distinguished guests were treated to servings of top grade Wagyu...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

HE Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi with Minister Hiroshi Moriyama

WAZA – Enjoy Taste of Japan Seminar and Reception
by Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery

As a kickoff event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) this year, Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery (MAFF) hosted WAZA – Enjoy Taste of Japan Seminar and Reception at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on Saturday, 9 January 2016. Featuring special cuisines prepared using fresh and air-flown Japanese agricultural, forestry and marine products such as Wagyu Japanese beef and strawberries, some 100 distinguished guests attended the reception and had the opportunity to experience OMOTENASHI – the spirit of Japanese hospitality and service first hand...(Click here to read more)


At the ceremony from left – (1) Mr Chew Choon Seng, Chairman of STB (2) His Excellency Haruhisa Takeuchi, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore (3) Mr Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive of STB (4) Mr Ryoichi Matsuyama, President of JNTO (5) Mr Peter Tan, Deputy Secretary, Southeast Asia & ASEAN and concurrently Deputy Secretary International, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (6) Mr Naohiro Tsutsumi, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Singapore

Ceremony of Agreement between JNTO & STB on SJ50

If you are in Singapore dreaming about going to Japan or living in Japan in need of a tropical paradise, don’t hold back, the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) just signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC).The year 2016 celebrates the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Singapore (SJ50). The MOC signed on Monday, 18th January 2016 by Mr Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive of STB and Mr Ryoichi Matsuyama, President of JNTO, is a first for the two organisations and will create greater tourism traffic for both countries...(Click here to read more)


JCC Director Ms Misako Ito during the lecture

Cultural Lecture for SMU Japan Trip 2016

On 20 January 2016, Director of JCC (Japan Creative Centre) Ms Misako Ito presented a lecture entitled “For your Japan Trip: To Better Understand Japanese Culture” at Singapore Management University (SMU). This lecture was given to SMU students who are participating their upcoming Japan study trip.

Ms Ito explained about Japan from various viewpoints such as modernity, high technology and tradition. She further elaborated about the Japan’s corporate culture and Corporate Social Responsibility...(Click here to read more)


His Excellency Haruhisa Takeuchi giving his opening address

Ambassador's VIP Lounge Reception
@ ART STAGE Singapore 2016

Art Stage Singapore 2016 is the platform for contemporary around the region to showcase their masterpieces and engage directly with visitors. Running from Thursday, 21st January to Sunday, 24th January, with over 100 exhibitors, the stage is an opportunity for all to develop further insight into the world of Asian contemporary art...(Click here to read more)


JCC Director Ms Misako Ito & Mr Nobu Okada
holding the SJ50 Logo

Science & Technology Lecture
on Space Business & Space Debris by Mr Nobu Okada

On 22 January 2016, the CEO and founder of Astroscale Mr Nobu Okada presented a science and technology lecture at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on how business is taking the innovation in space to the next level. As part of the SJ50 (50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations) and our first space related event this year, the lecture which focused about the problem of space debris the industry is facing and the solutions they have, had a whelming response attracting many Japanese and space lovers to come forward...(Click here to read more)


Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Tsutsumi
with Minister Masagos Zulkifli

JCC Cinema 42: Swing Girls @ Tampines West CC

JCC Cinema 42: Swing Girls was a blast at Tampines West Community Club! Before the movie screening, local Ani Brass band fired up the house with multiple songs, which got everyone moving! The screening saw over 70 residents having a tapping good time at the CC, including Minister Masagos Zulkifli and Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Tsutsumi. Be sure to check back here for our future screening schedules! (Click here to read more)


JCC Director Ms Misako Ito during the lecture

Cultural Lecture for LKYSPP Japan Trip 2016

On Jan 27th, JCC Director Ms Misako Ito conducted a Japanese cultural lecture at the Lee Kuan Yew Public Policy School (LKYSPP) located in National University of Singapore. Director Ms Misako Ito started the lecture with the introduction of the economic and cultural relationship between Singapore and Japan which started fifty years ago. Followed by the facts and cultural aspects of Japan. and finally concluded the lecture by explaining the activities of JCC. This lecture had aimed to deepen the student's understanding of Japan from a cultural point of view. The LKYSPP students having middle careers in Southeast Asia will be visiting some places in Japan in Feb this year. (Click here to read more)


His Excellency Haruhisa Takeuchi presenting the SJ50 plague to
Mr Zainudin Nordin, Mr Daisuke Korenaga and Mr Koh Mui Tee.

Japanese Football in the World of Singaporean Football

On 28 January 2016, JCC (Japan Creative Centre) conducted a sports lecture by three distinctive speakers - Mr Zainudin Nordin, President of the Football Association of Singapore, Mr Daisuke Korenaga, CEO of Albirex Singapore and Mr Koh Mui Tee, General Manager of Albirex Singapore. Entitled Japanese football in the world of Singaporean football, the speakers spoke about the collaboration, partnership and differences between Japanese and Singaporean Football, and had a discussion panel with the audience. His Excellency Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi graced the lecture and had a talk with the speakers as well... (Click here to read more)

SJ50 Supported Events

© JSPS-NUS Joint Symposium
JSPS-NUS Joint Symposium

The opening ceremony of JSPS-NUS Joint Symposium "New Horizons in Normal and Cancer Stem Cell Research" was held in Centre for Translational Medicine, NUS on 14th January 2016. This symposium is the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) Project Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi made the speech in this opening ceremony...(Click here to read more)


HE Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi at the Opening Ceremony

Opening Reception of the
Hokkaido Government Representative Office

On 14th January 2016, opening ceremony with reception of the Hokkaido Government Representative Office was registered in Singapore,with invited guests from both Singaporean and Japanese guests from government, firms, investing companies and etc. Moreover, we will launch a seminar introducing Hokkaido’s business and investment chances and benefits, especially focusing why it has been an attractive area in the world...(Click here to read more)

Madam Takeuchi, Mr Masaaki Suzuki
and the musicians with SJ50 logo

Masaaki Suzuki Bach Concert
@ NUS YST Conservatory Concert Hall

As part of the SJ50 supported event, on Friday, January 15th Bach enthusiasts were all ears to the classics by legendary conductor Masaaki Suzuki, organised by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM). Suzuki, being one of the leading directors of Bach, the Concert Hall of YSTCM saw a full house of over 500 guests...(Click here to read more)


JCC Director Ms Misako Ito @ Resorts World Sentosa

14th World Children's Haiku Contest 2015-2016
@ Resorts World Sentosa

The World Children’s Haiku Contest is part of JAL Group’s social action programme to promote international exchanges through the appreciation of Japanese culture overseas. Through our support of the contest in Singapore, JAL Foundation, Japan Airlines and Resorts World Sentosa aim to contribute to the event’s mission to promote haiku among children in Singapore...(Click here to view more)


HE Amb Haruhisa Takeuchi with Minister Josephine Teo
& Mr.Yuichiro ITO, Kagoshima Prefecture’s Governor

The 18th Singapore-Kagoshima Conference

On 19th January 2016, The 18th Singapore-Kagoshima Conference Governor- Hosted Dinner Reception was held in Salt grill & Sky Bar as the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) Project. This is SJ50 photo with Mr.Yuichiro ITO, Kagoshima Prefecture’s Governor, Senior Minister of State Her Excellency Josephine Teo, and His Excellency Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi...(Click here to read more)


Students & Teachers of Thammassat University (Thailand) @ JCC

Visit by Thammassat University Students (Thailand)

On the 14 January 2016, a group of students and teachers of Thammassat University (Thailand) from an exchange program with National University of Singapore (NUS) visited Japan Creative Centre, JCC's First Secretary Mr Matsunaga briefed them on the activities done by Japan Creative Centre. Currently they are in Singapore.


Group Photo with the JENESYS 2015 Banner

Visit by JENESYS 2015

JENESYS 2015 (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) is a people-to-people exchange programme between Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.On 13 January 2016, Japanese undergraduates and graduate students visited JCC under the JENESYS 2015 Programme. HE Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi gave his welcome remarks... (Click here to read more)

Featured Article of the Month

From left most Mr Ku Ka Leung with the Southeast Asian Young Intellectuals Group (Photo by Mr Tan Szue Hann)

Learning about Rural Revitalization in Japan

Japan is currently facing serious issues of rapid population decline and aging population, and the Japanese government has identified the revitalization of rural areas in Japan as a key factor in overcoming these challenges. To promote intellectual exchange on the theme of "Revitalization of Rural Areas and Creation of New Values", the Japan Foundation organized the Invitation Program for Young Intellectuals in Southeast Asia, inviting me and 10 other young researchers and professionals from Southeast Asia to attend seminars and a field trip (to Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa Prefecture) in Japan from December 9th to 18th, 2015. The Program, though short in duration, has left a deep and lasting impression on me and other participants. In this article, I would like to share my key takeaways from the seminars and field trip...(Click to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for February

© Kids Web Japan

Setsubun and Bean-Throwing

Japan has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The term setsubun originally referred to the days marking the change from one season to the next, so that there were four of them, but today only the day before risshun (the beginning of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar) is called by that name. Setsubun comes on either February 3 or 4, depending on the year...(Click to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
The Optical Link Experiment with the Laser Altimeter (LIDAR)

Before and after the Earth swing-by, the laser altimeter (LIDAR) on Hayabusa2 attempted to receive laser light from the satellite laser ranging (SLR) ground stations. After the swing-by, the Mt. Stromlo station at SERC (Space Environment Research Centre Australia) in the suburbs of Canberra, Australia, transmitted laser light towards Hayabusa2. The spacecraft successfully received the beam using the onboard LIDAR that can send and recieve laser signals to accurately establish the range of objects from the spacecraft. At the time of the transmission from Mt. Stomlo, Hayabusa2 was 6,700,000 km from Earth. This success established the one-way 'up link' of the optical connection. (Click to read more)


APRSAF-22 successfully held in Bali, Indonesia

The 22nd session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-22) was successfully held from December 1 to 4, 2015 in Bali, Indonesia, jointly organized by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia(RISTEK-DIKTI), the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

APRSAF, established in 1993, has been growing to become one of the largest international forums today in the Asia-Pacific region. It is annually organized by MEXT, JAXA and organizations of host countries. APRSAF-22 was organized under the main theme entitled “Sharing Solutions through Synergy in Space” with the aim of further promoting regional cooperation. The participants -- around 480 representatives and experts from 28 countries and regions and from 10 international organizations -- actively contributed to discussions on various topics under the main theme. (Click to read more)


© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Data Release of Global Forest/Non-forest Map by DAICHI-2

Contributing to measures to tackle global warming by understanding forest areas - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) developed a whole-globe forest map of 25-meter resolution, “Global Forest/Non-forest map”, using the DAICHI-2 (ALOS-2) launched on May 24, 2014, and released it from today free of charge. (Please refer to the website below.) For achieving a long-term objective(*) of controlling global warming that was set by the COP21 held in Paris last year, it is imperative to globally understand and maintain forests which are an important source of absorbing CO2. To tackle such a global-scale issue, JAXA, in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will establish a “Forest Monitoring System” in the next Japan fiscal year starting this coming April. Data from the Global Forest/Non-forest map will also be used for the above system as its basic information. (Click to read more)



Lucky number 113 ~The creation of an atom with 113 protons adds a new element to the periodic table~

The heaviest element that occurs naturally on earth is uranium. More massive atoms have, however, been created in the laboratory. These so-called superheavy elements have more than 103 protons in their nucleus, but the complicated nuclear interactions between these subatomic particles makes such nuclei highly unstable. Further, these particles live for only a fraction of a second. A team of scientists across Japan and China led by RIKEN researcher Kosuke Morita has now seen an indirect signature of element 113 by measuring the particles generated when superheavy elements disintegrate1. This new addition to the periodic table will improve our understanding of the building blocks of the Universe.
(Click to view)

© RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center
RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC) in Riken

Cells are dynamic living systems that arise from a large number of molecules interacting with one another. The RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center seeks to understand how these molecular interactions lead to functional cells. Combining techniques that can measure molecular dynamics, model cellular environments, and simulate molecular and genetic networks, the center aims to understand the robustness, adaptability, and autonomy of a cell that leads to these dynamics, with the ultimate goal of achieving “whole cell modeling”. These efforts are expected to predict and control a cell’s behavior, which will have large implications in wide fields like regenerative medicine and nanotechnology. (Click here to read more)


The Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory in RIKEN

Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory (RIBF) is a next-generation heavy-ion research facility enabling researchers to shed some light on the ultimate picture of nuclei and thus propel forward our understanding of how heavy elements were first formed in the universe. RIGF provides researchers with one of the most intense ion beam in the world. At its heart lies the superconducting ring cyclotron, the world’s largest at 18 meters in diameter and weighing around 8,300 tons — more than twice the weight of Tokyo Tower.
(Click here to view video)

SPring-8 (Super Photon ring-8 GeV) in RIKEN

When high-energy electrons travelling near the speed of light are made to move along a circular path, they emit a strong electromagnetic radiation, or light, called synchrotron radiation. The wavelength of synchrotron radiation is typically around a tenth of a nanometre (a nanometre is one billionth of a metre), and is comparable to interatomic distances, which makes it ideal for the study of atoms and bonds within materials and molecules. This is the reason why synchrotron radiation sources are often compared to giant microscopes. Japan’s synchrotron radiation facility SPring-8 is a high-bright­ness source of X-rays covering a very broad range of wavelengths. At the core of the facility is the storage ring, which circulates high-energy electrons around a 1.4-kilometer path. The X-rays are extracted into a series of beamlines equipped with instruments for a wide range of analyses..(Click here to view video)

SACLA (SPring-8 Angstrom Compact Free Electron Laser) in RIKEN

In 2012, with the opening of SACLA, RIKEN became the second institution in the world to offer X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) for research. Located at the SPring-8 Center in Harima, SACLA generates an X-ray laser beam boasting the shortest wavelength in the world (0.06 nm), an extremely broad wavelength range and extremely fast pulses. This unique X-ray laser will enable researchers to peer deeper inside matter and investigate unexplored areas of research.
The spatial resolution of observations using light is directly related to the wavelength of light used. One of the biggest advantages of using X-ray light of shorter wavelength is the significant resolution enhancement is provides. Using SACLA, researchers will be able to study the arrangement of atoms, the composition of molecules and viruses and the dynamics of chemical reactions.

© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Science Agora

Science Agora is a two or three-day event held in the Odaiba area (at Miraikan and other institutions) in November every year. It is a public square where people can interact through science. It is a multi-event where they can all enjoy, share, and talk about what is interesting about science, what they are curious about, and its future. There are many events such as experiment classes and science show where you can enjoy science, and workshop and symposiums where they can deepen their understanding and share their ideas. .(Click here to read more)

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CREST / JST : Pursuing Team-Oriented Research that Strives to Generate High-Impact Seeds of Innovation

JST establishes Research Areas based on the strategic sectors set by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and appoints a Research Supervisor to leads each Research Area. JST calls for proposals in each Research Area, after which the Research Supervisor selects research projects and manages the Research Area by coordinating research plans (including research funding and organization of research teams), exchanging opinions with Research Directors, providing advice on research, evaluating projects, and so on. CREST is a team-oriented research program aiming to generate breakthroughs with a significant impact on the development of science and technology and providing tangible benefits to society. Research Area/Projects: (Click here to read more)
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PRESTO / JST : Promoting Individual Research to Nurture the Seeds of Future Innovation

JST selects the Research Areas it will promote in line with the Strategic Sectors set by MEXT. Under this targeted Basic Research Program, research proposals are selected after a call for proposals. Under the management of a Research Supervisor, individual researchers pursue independent research while receiving advice from their Research Supervisor and Research Area Advisor. Researchers from the same Research Areas have opportunities to interact with other researchers from a variety of institutions and backgrounds, encouraging cross-pollination of research ideas. Research Area/Projects: (Click here to read more)

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ERATO / JST : Outstanding Research Leaders Strive to Generate the Seeds of Breakthrough New Technologies

In line with the Strategic Sectors set by MEXT, JST identifies key Research Areas with high potential for generating the seeds of new technologies, then appoints Research Directors responsible for managing their own research area. They formulate their own detailed frameworks for research and they also recruit researchers to contribute to the realization of their research vision, leading their teams directly in the pursuit of this research. Participation and cooperation are drawn from a broad range of sources, including JST, industry, academia and government agencies, and may include overseas participation. Hence, this program encourages a collaborative structure and the management of joint projects. Research Area/Projects: (Click here to read more)

Education Information in Japan

© Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

2016 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship - Teacher Training Students

This is a scholarship offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture,Sports,Science and Technology (MEXT) to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2016. Application Deadline: 4 March 2016 (Friday) Apply through Academy of Singapore Teachers, Ministry of Education, Singapore. (Click here to read more),

© Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

2016 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship - Japanese Studies Students

This is a scholarship offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2016. Application Deadline: 4 March 2016 (Friday) Apply through Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore. (Click here to read more)

Free student counselling in 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)

Job Information in Japan for Graduating Students

Singapore students seeking employment in Japanese companies can find relevant information on the following sites. Major Job Hunting Sites for University Students in Japan
(Japanese Only)

Upcoming Events at JCC

13.02.2016 JCC Cinema 43: Key of Life [PG]
27.02.2016 The Condors - An all-male Japanese dance troupe led by Ryohei Kondo @ Temasek Polytechnic
19.02.2016 - 12.03.2016 [3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake 5th Anniversary Commemorative Event] - OYAKO: PRESENT TO THE FUTURE ~A Parent-and-Child Photography Exhibition by Bruce Osborn~
05.03.2016 JCC Cinema 44: OYAKO: PRESENT TO THE FUTURE [PG13]
  * Kindly please check out JCC's website for more Information

Supported Events at JCC

21.11.2015 - 28.02.2016 Time of Others @ Singapore Art Museum

Related Events at JCC

10.03.2015 - 31.12.2017 Fifty Years of Singapore Design Exhibition @ National Design Centre

SJ50 Notice (2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations)

The 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) Project Approval Process
(Revised 17 Dec 2015)

The 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) Project Plan (In Singapore)


The Japan Foundation Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2016
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

Japan Creative Centre

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2016 will mark the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations