JCC E-Magazine February 2019

Opening of Japanese Film Festival (Singapore) 2019
From left to right: Ms Reiko Yokoi (MC), Mr Masafumi Konomi (Senior Project Manager, Japan Foundation), Ms Akiko Sugita (Director, JCC), Mr Kenneth Tan (Chairman, Singapore Film Society), Mr Nobuhiro Suzuki (music director, One Cut of the Dead), Mr Shinichiro Ueda (director, One Cut of the Dead), H.E. Jun Yamazaki (Ambassador of Japan to Singapore), Mr Wishing Chong (Director, Yakiniku Dragon), Mr Toru Emori (Producer, Yakiniku Dragon), Mr Hirotake Sasaki (Producer, Yakiniku Dragon), Mr Jacen Tan (Director, Zombiepura).


JCC kick-started its 10th anniversary with the annual Japanese Film Festival, and premiered the highly successful zombie comedy film, One Cut of the Dead, on the opening night. We were also thrilled to have Mr Shinichiro Ueda (director, One Cut of the Dead), Mr Wishing Chong (Director, Yakiniku Dragon) and other staff join us over the opening weekend which was packed with movie screenings, master classes, interviews and talks.

JCC was also pleased to host the Toyama Art and Glass Exhibition in Singapore, and even extended the exhibition period due to overwhelming response. It was wonderful to see many visitors dropping by JCC during that week and mingling with the artists. JCC looks forward to welcoming you in our upcoming events as well!

Director's Message


As you may know, JCC is turning 10 in 2019. Since its establishment in 2009, JCC has grown to become a place where Singaporeans and guests visiting from the region can come to learn more about Japan and Japanese culture. For our tenth anniversary, we will be celebrating with a variety of events that will take place throughout the year. This January, JCC10 officially kicked off with the Japanese Film Festival 2019. This year, JCC worked closely with...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

SSEAYP Homecoming Reception

On 12 January, JCC jointly hosted with Ship for Southeast Asia and Japan Youth Programme (SSEAYP) International Singapore a welcome reception celebrating the homecoming of the 45th batch of SSEAYP participants. SSEAYP, is a unique 50-day voyage with over 300 youths from ASEAN countries and Japan that visits Japan and several ASEAN countries to promote cultural and international understanding. Since it was launched in...(Click here to read more)

Opening of Toyama Art and Glass Exhibition in Singapore

The opening ceremony of Toyama Art and Glass Exhibition in Singapore ~ The Spirit of TOYAMA Glass ~ was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Friday, 18 January 2018. This exhibition features unique creations by seven chosen artists as well as four painters and sculpturists, all of whom are connected to Toyama City in one way or another, be it their birthplace, or related to their study or work experience. This is also part of a project...(Click here to read more)


Opening of Japanese Film Festival (Singapore) 2019

Our Japanese Film Festival 2019 (JFF2019) started with a blast at Shaw Theatres Lido on Friday, 18 January. Mr Shinichiro Ueda, director of our opening film One Cut of the Dead, as well as Mr Wishing Chong, director of Yakiniku Dragon, flew in especially from Japan, and greeted our guests and audiences. H.E. Ambassador Jun Yamazaki, together with JCC (Japan...(Click here to read more)
Kaleidoscope Workshop

On 19 January 2019, glass artists Miss Hikari Sasaki and Mr Takashi Komiya of T.A.G gallery conducted a kaleidoscope workshop for the public. Using actual glass pieces, the attendees learned how to assemble the body of the kaleidoscope and were free to choose glass pieces of colours to their liking. It was a wonderful experience for both younger and older attendees, and everyone expressed delight and surprise at the beauty from the...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

Hatsugama Tea Ceremony 2019 by Urasenke Singapore

On 10 January 2019, His Excellency Ambassador Jun Yamazaki and Mrs Junko Yamazaki attended the Hatsugama Tea Ceremony at Chado Urasenke Tankokai Singapore Association. The ceremony was conducted by Ms Sochoku Nakabayashi, Chief Administrator of Urasenke Singapore. Hatsugama (初釜) means ‘first kettle’ and refers to the first tea ceremony of the year. Together with the Ambassador and Madam, members of various...(Click here to read more)

Hatsugama Tea Ceremony 2019 by Hoseikai Omotesenke Singapore

On 16 January 2019, Mrs Junko Yamazaki, wife of His Excellency Ambassador Jun Yamazaki, attended the Hatsugama Tea Ceremony at The Japanese Association Singapore (JAS). The ceremony was conducted by Professor Soho Ueda of Hoseikai Omotesenke Singapore and attended by the members of the Culture Group and the Secretariat of JAS...(Click here to read more)

Tampines GRC One Community Fiesta

JCC performed the Tokyo Gorin Ondo together with JCC volunteers at Tampines GRC’s One Community Fiesta “Around the World in Tampines” on Saturday, 19 January 2019. It was held at the Tampines Community Plaza and the Guest-of-Honour Ms Cheng Li Hui joined the residents of Tampines in celebrating the multi-cultural and international aspects of the community. There were activity and game booths for residents; participants could...(Click here to read more)

Ikebana International Spring Lunch

On Wednesday, 23 January 2019, Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 organised and hosted a Spring Lunch celebrating Chinese New Year. The event was graced by Guest-of-Honour Senior Minister of State Ms Sim Ann. The highlight of the lunch was a fabulous demonstration of flower arrangement by Mr Ho Hin Shing, a Sogetsu practitioner from Hong Kong. Akita...(Click here to read more)

Ikebana International Chinese New Year Workshop

Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 organised a special Chinese New Year workshop at the Japanese Association on Thursday, 24 January 2019. The workshop was led by renowned Sogetsu instructor Mr Ho Hin Shing...(Click here to read more)

Exchange with NTU ADM

Dr Joseph Runzo-Inada, senior advisor to the Mayor of Toyama, Mr Kugo of Kugo Gallery, Mr Haoka, curator of T.A.G gallery, artists Miss Sasaki and Mr Sato were invited to Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for an exhibition tour and to give a talk to students of NTU. Miss Michelle Ho, Director of the ADM (Art Design and Media) gallery personally gave the guests from Toyama...(Click here to read more)

Demonstration by World Karate Organisation Shinkyokushinkai Singapore at NUS Japanese Cultural Festival 2019

Members from the World Karate Organisation (WKO) Shinkyokushinkai Singapore were invited by JCC (Japan Creative Centre) to give a karate demonstration on 26 January 2019 at this year’s NUS Japanese Studies Society’s Japanese Cultural Festival. Mr Patrick Teo, President of WKO Shinkyokushinkai Singapore, and Ms Arisu Nakamura, Secretary of WKO...(Click here to read more)

JENESYS2018 Exhibition @ National Institute of Education

JENESYS2018 Exhibition was held by National Institute of Education (NIE) students, who participated in the JENESYS 2018 programme, at NIE Art Gallery on Monday, 28th January 2019. A total of 14 students and 1 teacher from NIE visited Tokyo and Aichi Prefecture (Nagoya city and Tokoname city) for 8 days in December 2018, and participated in the programme that aimed to promote their understanding of Japan with regards to Japanese society, history...(Click here to read more)


Visit by alumni from the JET programme

Last Friday, three alumni from the JET programme visited JCC to see the Toyama Art and Glass Exhibition ~ The Spirit of TOYAMA Glass ~. This is an especially significant exhibition to one returnee, Ms A. Yognya, as she worked in Toyama prefecture when she was on the JET programme as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) from 2014 to 2017. Toyama Art and Glass Exhibition in Singapore ~ The Spirit of TOYAMA Glass ~ is open at JCC till...(Click here to read more)

Featured Article of the Month

The Ikebana Encounter By Ms Angela Kek

The Ikebana Art is the art of Japanese flower arrangement and it is one of Japan’s National Culture. Based on records, the Art was commonly practiced since nearly 600 years ago, and the Ikenobo School of thoughts is frequently identified as the origin of Ikebana. The history of the Japanese Ikebana goes back to a temple founded by Prince Shotoku about 1400 years ago, where temple priests would present floral offerings at the Buddhist alter. These priests were living near a pond (ike), in a small hut (bo), and for this reason people began calling the priests by the name Ikenobo...(Click here to read more)

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Japanese Cultural Fact for February


National Foundation Day

February 11 is National Foundation Day, a national holiday for Japanese people to remind themselves of the nation's founding and foster their love for the nation. Japan switched from the traditional Japanese calendar - a lunar calendar based on the waxing and waning of the moon - to the Gregorian calendar starting in January 1873. It was at this time that the day of the enthronement of Emperor Jinmu, the first Japanese emperor, was made a national holiday and named Kigen-setsu. February 11 was determined as the day of enthronement by calculating the date in the solar calendar...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

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Launch Success, The Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstoration-1 aboard Epsilon-4

National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-1 aboard the fourth Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-4) from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. The launch proceeded on time at 9:50:20 a.m., (Japan Standard Time, JST) January 18, 2019...(Click to read more)


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RAPIS-1 Completion of Critical Operations Phase

JAXA received telemetry data from the Rapid Innovative Payload Demonstration Satellite 1 (RAPIS-1), launched aboard the fourth Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epilon-4) earlier at 9:50 a.m. (Japan Standard Time, JST), January 18, 2019 from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. The RAPIS-1 telemetry confirmed that the satellite's solar panels started generating electricity, which is essential for the RAPIS-1 operation. The telemetry also shows communication with the satellite via ground stations proceeded well. This concludes the critical operations phase...(Click to read more)


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Giant pattern discovered in the clouds of planet Venus Infrared cameras and supercomputer simulations break through Venus' veil

A Japanese research group has identified a giant streak structure among the clouds covering planet Venus based on observation from the spacecraft Akatsuki. The team also revealed the origins of this structure using large-scale climate simulations. The group was led by Project Assistant Professor Hiroki Kashimura (Kobe University, Graduate School of Science) and these findings were published on January 9 in Nature Communications...(Click to read more)



Early protostar already has a warped disk

Using observations from the ALMA radio observatory in Chile, researchers have observed, for the first time, a warped disk around an infant protostar that formed just several tens of thousands of years ago. This implies that the misalignment of planetary orbits in many planetary systems—including our own—may be caused by distortions in the planet-forming disk early in their existence...(Click to read more)



Scientists observe a new form of strange matter

In a discovery that could provide new insights into the origin of mass in the universe following the Big Bang, scientists from the international J-PARC E15 Collaboration, led by researchers from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research (CPR) have used experiments with kaons and helium-3 to experimentally demonstrate, for the first time, the existence of an exotic nucleus containing two protons and a bound kaon...(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)


© Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
International survey on medical R&D strategy planning method based on public health information

The Survey conducted by AMED shall aim to consider the medical research and development area to be supported by AMED, and utilize and secure transparency of quantitative information in business management. In other words, it shall aim to collect and organize reference information and case studies conducive to the development of a methodology for the acquisition of basic information and the proposal for the development of analysis structure, and collect and summarize expert opinions in evidence-based funding. Part of executive summary is available online in English. Please click here to read more details:


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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 “Identification of the cause of chronic active Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and the mechanism by which EBV causes cancer” and “The development of an artificial intelligence (AI) method for the estimation of a brain network relating to the onset of disease”. More research results and news updates can be found 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. 117 January 10th, 2019

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 a Reader / 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 2019 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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