JCC E-Magazine January 2016

HE Amb Haruhisa Takeuchi during his speech


The month of December hosted and welcomed various memorable events such as professional Kendama players demonstrating thrilling tricks at our Kendama event, with the collaboration from Yamagata Prefectural Government. An Opening Ceremony of an art exhibition entitled "Time of Others" was held at the Singapore Art Museum. Remarkable five Japanese movies were screened during the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).

The year was concluded with the JCC Advisory Meeting and the most celebrated Emperor's Birthday Reception. Please look forward to our Science & Technology Lecture on "Recent Space Business" and many more in 2016.
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

Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu. Happy New Year!

During my brief New Year’s holiday in Tokyo, I had received a “Great Good Fortune” written oracle in my neighbourhood Gokoku-ji Temple.

It was a wonderful kick-off symbol to our SJ50 (Singapore-Japan 50th Diplomatic Relations) at the beginning of this memorable year for both Singapore and Japan. (Click here to read more)

JCC Events

During the Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony of "Time of Others" Exhibition @ Singapore Art Museum

The Opening Ceremony of "Time of Others" exhibition at Singapore Art Museum was held on Nov 20th 2015. Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi was one of the Guest of Honour to grace this occasion. Ms Hashimoto Azusa from The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Artist Mr Shitamichi Motoyuki and Mr.Shimoyama Masaya from the Japan Foundation Asia Center were also in attendance....(Click here to read more)


During the Kendama Demonstration

Kendama Demonstration @ JCC

JCC and Yamagata Prefecture was delighted to host a Kendama Demonstration by two Singaporean players, Mr. Muhammad Razi Bin Kasmin and Mr. Mohd Nasry Bin Jantan on Saturday 5th December 2015 as a spin-off event of Yamagata Design Exhibition. Both the players used the famous Yamagata-made Kendama for their performance. This demonstration was organised on a concluding note to the Yamagata Exhibition which was held at JCC previously....(Click here to read more)



JCC Cinema Screenings @
Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF)

JCC was delighted to co-organise with the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of Japan-Singapore Diplomatic Relations. Three Japanese films were featured from Saturday, 28th November to Saturday, 5th December 2015 namely, The Ark in the Mirage’,‘Happy Hour’ and ‘That's It’. The films were screened in National Gallery Singapore, the Projector and the Shaw Theatre.
(Click here to view more)


During the Advisory Meeting

JCC Advisory Meeting

The annual Japan Creative Centre (JCC) Advisory Committee Meeting 2015 was held at the Embassy of Japan in Singapore on 11 December 2015, under the chairmanship of His Excellency Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi. Attended by His Excellency Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh and several distinguished members from both Singapore and Japanese-related organisations,  Director of JCC Ms Misako Ito briefed about the JCC activities, together with the future prospective of JCC especially with the celebration of SJ50 – The 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations next year...(Click here to read more)


HE Amb Haruhisa Takeuchi & Madam Group Photo
with the Graduates

50th JCS Graduation Ceremony

On 13th December, 50th JCS Graduation Ceremony of JCS Japanese Language School was held in Raffles Hotel. The opening remarks were made by Assoc Prof Lai Ah Keow, President of The Japanese Cultural Society, Singapore & Chairman of Management Committee for JCS Japanese Language School.

Followed by, His Excellency Haruhisa Takeuchi, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore made his Guest of Honour speech. The students were conferred with their certificates by HE Amb Haruhisa Takeuchi.


During the celebrations

Emperor's Birthday Celebrations 2015

The Embassy of Japan in Singapore celebrated His Majesty Emperor Akihito’s 82nd Birthday on the 15th of December at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Minister for Social and Family Development His Excellency Tan Chuan-Jin, Members of Parliament Ms Tin Pei Ling and Mr Chong Kee Hiong, Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han were among the approximately 660 distinguished guests who attended the event...
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Director Ms Misako Ito interacting with Mr Yasuhisa Kawamura


Visit to JCC by Mr Yasuhisa Kawamura, Press Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Mr Yasuhsia Kawamura, the spokesman of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, visited Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on 14 December 2015, as part of his official tour to Singapore from 13 to 15 December 2015. Accompanied by JCC Director Ms Misako Ito, Mr Kawamura was introduced about the background, activities, milestones, as well as facilitates of the centre.



© Niponica

Japan Related Publications (Niponica)

It is natural to desire relaxation and peace of mind. What are some of the ways and places the Japanese have chosen to find it? Nature, beautiful scenery and culture hold the key to soothing comfort, offering concepts and practices handed down from generation to generation.
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Featured Article of the Month


© Japan Creative Centre

Introduction and Beginning of a New Journey By Rie fu

I have had an exciting profession as a singer-songwriter for more than a decade, as an artist name Rie fu.  People often ask me where this name came from, but it’s an abbreviation of my name Rie Funakoshi.  I write the kind of organic, acoustic music with the lyrics of both English and Japanese, perform on the piano/guitar in intimate acoustic concerts, and occasionally getting more volume with a band .Click to read more:


Japanese Cultural Fact for January

© Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Kids Web Japan

New Year's Day

January 1 is New Year's Day, a national holiday and one of the biggest events on the calendar of annual festivities in Japan. Schools close for about two weeks of winter holiday before and after New Year's, and most companies also shut down for New Year break from around December 30 to January 3. Many people who've moved to big cities return home for the holidays to be with family and friends.Click to read more

Science & Technology Information in Japan

It’s official! Element 113 was discovered at RIKEN

Element 113, discovered by a RIKEN group led by Kosuke Morita, has become the first element on the periodic table found in Asia. Rewarding nearly a decade of painstaking work by Morita’s group, a Joint Working Party of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) has recommended that the group, from the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-based Science (RNC), be given recognition for the discovery of the new element. This news was conveyed to Dr. Morita through a letter on December 31 from IUPAC. (Click to read more)


© JAXA/NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepin

Welcome home, Astronaut Yui! Coming back to the Earth after completing 142 days of expedition mission.
Success of H-IIA F29

At approximately 10:12 p.m. JST. on Dec. 11 (Fri), the Soyuz spacecraft (43S),which Astronaut Kimiya Yui aboard, landed on a snowfield in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He safely came back to the Earth.

Astronaut Yui started his expedition on the International Space Station (ISS) on July 23, 2015, and engaged in various scientific experiments including high quality protein crystallization research. In addition, he manipulated the robotic arm for capturing the ISS cargo transporter “KOUNOTORI5 (HTV5)” as the first Japanese Astronaut.Thank you very much for your support.

Astronaut Kimiya Yui: (Click to read more)


© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Insight into Hot Universe. X-ray Astronomy Satellite "ASTRO- H"

In the mid-20th century, we became able to observe space through the light of some wave lengths other than visible light through human eyes. Those invisible wave length lights include radio waves, infrared lights, and X rays. As a result, we found that various phenomena were occurring in space where we had believed nothing existed as we had not been able to observe stars until that time. The X ray is a light with a wave length emitted from the extremely high-temperature region of several million to several hundred million degrees Celsius.

For more details,. Please see the following URL. (Click to read more)


© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Hayabusa2: Successful Earth swing-by and heading to Ryugu

JAXA confirmed that the Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” entered its target orbit to travel to an asteroid Ryugu after the Earth-swing-by on Dec. 3.

The Hayabusa2 took images of the Earth using its onboard Optical Navigation Camera - Telescopic (ONC-T) after the swing-by. You can see the Australian continent and Antarctica in the image. Meteorological satellites including the Himawari cannot take images of the Antarctic area hence the shot this time is precious.


© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

JAXA Wallpaper

You can download the wallpapers of JAXA's rockets, transports, satellites, space probe images and the International Space Station as following site. (Click to View)


The RIKEN Venture System

The RIKEN Venture system enables researchers to put their own world-class scientific achievements to commercial use. It contributes to industrial technology and people's everyday lives by using the new knowledge and new technologies that arise in the course of research at RIKEN on basic natural science. RIKEN Ventures aim to put scientific achievements to practical use and disseminate the fruits of research at RIKEN as quickly as possible. Concerning the List of RIKEN Ventures, .
(Click here to read more)


RIKEN Research: Winter 2015

RIKEN Research is RIKEN's flagship English-language publication, highlighting the latest research at RIKEN labs and centers.
(Click here to view video)


K computer Simulation: Lithium-ion Battery -From a Universe of Molecules to Batteries of the Future-

Have you ever seen the inside of lithium-ion battery? Using Japanese supercomputer K, the 1st supercomputer which exceeds 10peta FLOPS in the world, scientists observed atomic-scale processes at the electrode of lithium-ion batteries, allowing them to identify a material that could improve the charging time, voltage capacity and reliability of these batteries for long-term and renewable energy storage solutions.

This video was created for outreach purpose and introduces how lithium-ion battery works and what kind of challenges the scientists are facing as well as the simulations at the molecular level of the inside of the battery.

The scientists awarded Gottfried Wagener Prize 2015 Energy & Industry.....(Click here to view video)


© Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST)
JST is to fund 3 research projects coordinated by Japan and Singapore within the framework of the Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP)

On December 11, 2015, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) announced that they would commence support for 3 coordinated projects in cooperation with the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) on the topic of “Development of Fundamental Technology for Biodevices Enabling Dynamic Analysis and Control of Cells”.

This support, within the framework of JST-A*STAR Coordinated Research, will be provided as an activity of JST’s FY2015 Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP). The theme of selected projects are as follows:

(1) “Protocellular Biosensors – Bioinspired devices that mimic cellular signal transduction machinery”
(2) “New optical platform to visualize mechanics of cellular self-organization”
(3) “Near-infrared (NIR) optogenetics using up-conversion system”

(Click here to read more)


© Japan Science & 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 robust economy and society in the East Asian region through international joint research and capacity building. ..(Click here to read more)



Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA)

FNCA is a Japan-led cooperation framework for peaceful use of nuclear technology in Asia. The cooperation consists of FNCA meetings and the project activities with the participation of Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

FNCA Brochure
FNCA News Letter (March 2015)

Under FNCA, view and information exchanges are made on the following fields:

1 Radiation Utilization Development

Mutation Breeding Project
Biofertilizer Project
Electron Accelerator Application Project

2 Research Reactor Utilization Development

Radiation Oncology Project

3 Nuclear Safety Strengthening

Research Reactor Network Project
Neutron Activation Analysis Project
Safety Management Systems for Nuclear Facilities Project
Radiation Safety and Radioactive Waste Management Project

4 Nuclear Infrastructure Strengthening

Human Resources Development Project
Nuclear Security and Safeguards Project


Education Information in Japan

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

Tobitate! Study Abroad Initiative

The Japanese Government launched in October 2013 Tobitate! (Leap for Tomorrow) Study Abroad Initiative, a public-private effort for the future of Japan. This initiative—which hopes to make Japan a nation in which all ambitious youths can go global—offers various opportunities for students to embrace the chance to study abroad.
(Click here to read more), Introduction Movie for "TOBITATE!"


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

Humanities and Social Sciences programs in National Universities

MEXT provides information on Humanities and Social Sciences programs in Japanese National Universities....(Click here to read more)

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

Summary of Survey Results on International Research Exchange for FY2013

MEXT has been implementing a survey to clarify the situation of the number of annual research exchanges between foreign countries and Japan’s national, public and private universities, colleges of technology and incorporated administrative agencies. The survey for FY2013 has been conducted by the Institute for Future Engineering...
(Click here to read more)

Upcoming Events at JCC

13.01.2016 JCC Visit by JENESYS2015
22.01.2016 Science & Technology Lecture: How Business is Taking the Innovation in Space to
the Next Level by Mr Nobu Okada
23.01.2016 JCC Cinema 42: Swing Girls @ Tampines West Community Club
28.01.2016 Lecture Related to Sports
  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

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