JCC E-Magazine January 2017

Celebrating the 83rd Birthday of His Majesty, The Emperor of Japan on 12th December 2016.


December was a month of fun, joy and laughters as we had events such as Experience Enchanting Mie – the hometown of Ninjas, and two screenings – Pokémon The Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages for our JCC Cinema, as well as US-Japan-Singapore 50th Anniversary Friendship Screening of Kubo and the Two Strings. It was also filled with goodbyes as we celebrate the last month of SJ50 and bid farewell to our former Director Ms Misako Ito. This year was further concluded with the Book Launch of The Merlion and Mt. Fuji: 50 Years of Singapore-Japan Relations, our annual JCC Advisory Meeting and the most celebrated Emperor's Birthday Reception.

Nevertheless, as our Acting Director, Minister Naohiro Tsutsumi has mentioned in his message, this new year is the first step towards SJ100, so do continue to check out our series of events, kick-starting with “Singapore Style × Ishikawa Traditional Craft Collaborative Product Exhibition” and a talk of contemporary art by Ms Naoko Tosa!

Director's Message

Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu, Happy New Year!

My name is Naohiro Tsutsumi, Deputy Chief Mission, Minister at Embassy of Japan. I have recently begun my new position as the Acting Director of JCC and I am delighted to be continuing the efforts of my colleague, the previous JCC Director Misako Ito. In the past year of Singapore-Japan 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations, better known as SJ50, we have had 214...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Experience Enchanting Mie

Experience Enchanting Mie was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 5 December 2016 with the support of Mie Prefecture and br@in. This was held in conjunction with the Mie Food Fair at Japan Food Town, Isetan Orchard. The G7 Summit 2016 was held in the beautiful prefecture of Mie, and guests could discover the charms of Mie Prefecture for themselves. During this one... (Click here to read more)

JCC Advisory Meeting

The annual Japan Creative Centre (JCC) Advisory Committee Meeting 2016 was held at the Embassy of Japan in Singapore on 9 December 2016, under the chairmanship of His Excellency Ambassador Kenji Shinoda. Attended by His Excellency Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh and several distinguished members from both Singapore and Japan-related...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema 52: Pokémon The Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages

We had an overwhelming response for our JCC Cinema 52: Pokémon The Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages last Saturday, 10 December 2016 at Tampines West Community Club! More than 180 guests came for the screening, where they received Pokémon Sun Hats and had light refreshments – all...(Click here to read more)

51st JCS Graduation Ceremony

On 11th December, the 51st JCS Graduation Ceremony of JCS Japanese Language School was held at Hotel Intercontinental. 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.This was followed by Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Tsutsumi, who made his Guest of Honour speech.

US-Japan-Singapore 50th Anniversary Friendship Screening: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

The Embassy of Japan in Singapore, the U.S. Embassy Singapore and Shaw Theatres teamed up to offer a free screening of the American film, Kubo and the Two Strings, a stop-motion animated movie set in Japan with a Japanese storyline. The screening which took place at Shaw Theatres Lido on...(Click here to read more)

His Majesty, The Emperor's Birthday Reception 2016

The Embassy of Japan in Singapore celebrated His Majesty Emperor Akihito’s 83rd Birthday on the 12th of December at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Minister for Environment and Water Resources H.E. Masagos Zulkifli, Members of Parliament Mr Cedric Foo Chee Keng and Ms Cheng Li Hui, Brigadier-General Desmond Tan Kok Ming were among the approximately 760...(Click here to read more)

Book Launch of The Merlion and Mt. Fuji: 50 Years of Singapore-Japan Relations

The book launch of "The Merlion and Mt. Fuji: 50 Years of Singapore-Japan Relations" by Dr Tai Wei Lim, co-organised by World Scientific Publishing, was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 14 December 2016. H.E. Kenji Shinoda graced the event and gave his opening remarks. Dr Tai Wei Lim gave a short...(Click here to read more)

SJ50 Supported Events

Plant-A-Tree Programme

On 26 November 2016, Sumitomo Corporation Asia & Oceania Pte. Ltd. and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, together with Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled, participated in the reforestation project at Kranji Marshes through the Plant-A-Tree Programme organized by NParks. This event brought about extra significance as we contribute to transforming Singapore... (Click here to view more)

SG-JP Music Mix 2016

On 30th November 2016, SG-JP Music Mix 2016 - SJ50 Special Edition - concert has successfully held at Victoria Concert Hall. Singapore-Japan (SG-JP) Music Mix 2016 was a unique performance that creatively mixes the music of 5 artistes and 7 musicians from Singapore and Japan. The concert featured an extraordinary line-up of top Japanese artistes who exemplify... (Click here to view more)

A Beautiful Life Musical Fiesta

On 3rd December Channel NewsAsia presents its first ever outdoor musical event in celebration of Singapore and Japan’s 50 years of friendship this year. “A Beautiful Life Musical Fiesta” gathered over 45 performers between the ages of 7 – 92 years old, to present a series of Japanese musical performances, and brought a touch of Japan to all in Singapore. A 6000 strong crowd... (Click here to view more)

ONE ASIA Joint Concert 2016

In light of the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Singapore and Japan (SJ50), a ONE ASIA Joint Concert 2016 was held on Wednesday, 7th December 2016 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Organised by the ONE ASIA Joint Concert Executive Committee, the concert featured passionate intercultural performances by AUN J Classic Orchestra (Japan) and OrkeStar... (Click here to view more)

Koto Workshop at National University of Singapore (NUS)

A Koto workshop by Ms Azumi Yamano and Mr Shin Ichikawa from AUN J Classic Orchestra was held at National University of Singapore (NUS) on Thursday, 8th December 2016, the following day of ONE ASIA Joint Concert 2016. Participants were enthusiastic and enjoyed very much learning about the traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument from the two instructors from Japan. (Click here to view more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for January

© Kyodo

Daruma Fair

On January 6 and 7 each year, a temple in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, hosts a fair of daruma dolls. These dolls are bright red likenesses of Bodhidharma, an Indian monk who founded Zen Buddhism in the sixth century. Legend has it that the monk sat meditating in a cave for so long (nine years!) that he lost the use of his legs. This is why the daruma doesn't...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

© National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

1. Geo-Cosmos Content Contest entries open by Miraikan

This contest is held as a part of the Miraikan’s TSUNAGARI project, a project aspiring towards multilateral understanding of the Earth, life and the future. Started in 2014, the contest aims to explore new possibilities and methods of expression for the project’s central exhibit, the spherical display Geo-Cosmos. Until the previous time, from all the entries, 5 works were selected and the best one was screened for one year on the Geo-Cosmos as a permanent content.
Application period: Dec 9 2016 - Feb 15 2017, 6pm JST

The winning work in the “Movie category” and the “Live Content category”, will be screened, for one year, on the Geo-Cosmos as permanent contents and will also be published on Miraikan's official website and will be introduced in other media as well. In the “Idea category", all works that pass the preliminary assessment will be displayed in Miraikan for one year in the form of an information panel. (Click to read more)



Congratulations to Dr Yoshinori Ohsumi on Receiving the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine by Mr Hirokazu Matsuno, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to Professor Emeritus Yoshinori Ohsumi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology for receiving the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and extend my highest regards for his achievements in research. The awarding of the Nobel Prize to Dr. Ohsumi this year was the...(Click to read more)



Statement by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology on the Naming of Element 113 as “Nihonium”

Element 113, which was discovered by RIKEN, has been officially named as “nihonium” with the symbol “Nh”, approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). I am very pleased that the name “nihonium,” which was proposed by the research group led by Dr. Kosuke Morita as an expression of their deep gratitude to the people of Japan for...(Click to read more)


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KOUNOTORI6/H-IIB F6 Successfully Launched and berthed at ISS!

The H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 6 with cargo transporter to the International Space Station, the KOUNOTORI6 (HTV6) aboard lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center at 22:26:47 on December 9. (Japan Standard Time).

KOUNOTORI6 (HTV6) was captured with the robotic arm of the International Space Station (ISS) at 7:39 p.m...(Click to read more)


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Success of Epsilon-2 Launch with ERG Aboard

JAXA successfully launched the second Epsilon Launch Vehicle with Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) aboard at 8:00 p.m. on December 20, 2016 (JST) from the Uchinoura Space Center. The launch vehicle flew as planned...(Click to read more)

The signals were received in the Santiago Ground Station, the Republic of Chile at 8:37 p.m. (JST). ERG's solar array paddles have been deployed as planned. Also, ERG has completed the attitude control based on the sun acquisition. JAXA has...(Click to read more)


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Welcome home Astronaut Onishi! Safe return to Earth

At 0:58 p.m. on October 30 (Sun., Japan Standard Time), Astronaut Onishi came back to the Earth safely on the Soyuz spacecraft (47S), which successfully landed in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Astronaut Takuya Onishi started his expedition mission at the International Space Station (ISS) from July 9, 2016, and engaged in various scientific experiments. He also manipulated the...(Click to read more)


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First announcement for the third "Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW)"

JAXA is pleased to inform you that the 3rd Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 9-10 February 2017. SEKUW is jointly organized by Geo-Informatics and the Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) under the Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG), Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF).

(Click to read more: Website | Tentative programme | Registration | Workshop information | Reference)



RIKEN celebrates its 100th birthday in 2017!

RIKEN has always been, and will continue to be, about serving society through innovative basic research in science and technology. Our first century is marked by many exciting milestones in scientific advancement, and we expect many more over the next century as we build strong ties of collaboration and friendship with partners around the world...(Click to read more)



RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP)

The RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project has been launched since April 2016 with the subsidy for “Advanced Integrated Intelligence Platform Project (AIP) -Artificial Intelligence/ Big Data/ Internet of Things/ Cybersecurity-.” from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Our center aims to achieve scientific breakthrough and to contribute to the welfare of society and humanity through developing innovative...(Click to read more)



Work by RIKEN AICS researchers wins “Best Paper” award at SC16 supercomputing conference

A group of researchers from the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have been given the “Best Paper” award at the SC16 supercomputing conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The paper, entitled, “Daino: A High-Level Framework for Parallel and Efficient AMR on GPUs,” by Naoya Maruyama and Mohamed Wahib Attia of AICS, along with Takayuki Aoki of Tokyo Institute of Technology, provides a framework for more efficient design of applications...(Click here to read more)



RIKEN Research Winter 2016

Through RIKEN Research, our quarterly magazine and website, we present the best of research from RIKEN to the international community. Our research is shown in an accessible, easy-to-read format, providing regular insights into the people, facilities and programs that make up RIKEN. The core component of RIKEN Research are short, easy-to-understand Research Highlight articles explaining for a broad scientific audience some of the latest research articles published by RIKEN researchers...(Click to read more)

*For past issues of the print magazine please click here.



Breeding mutants~Tomoko Abe has bombarded thousands of plants with heavy ions to create unusual varieties~

“These tearless, non-pungent onions will not only wipe tears away from the kitchen and the food processing facilities, but also will add a new dimension to the enjoyment of onion recipes around the world.” This was the proud prediction of a team of Japanese researchers, including Tomoko Abe at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science, in April 2016, in a paper describing the use of heavy-ion beams to breed sweet-smelling onions. Japanese curry company House Foods Corporation has since...(Click here to read more)



A step toward unlocking the nitrogen reservoir in the sky
~A titanium-based multi-metal complex turns inert nitrogen gas in the air into a reactive species that can be used to synthesize organic compounds~

A complex containing four titanium atoms that can convert unreactive nitrogen gas (N2) into reactive species known as nitriles has been developed by RIKEN researchers. This may open the way to using atmospheric nitrogen for synthesizing useful nitrogen-containing organic compounds on industrial scales1. Comprising about 78 per cent of the air we breathe, nitrogen is one of the most abundant chemicals on Earth. But the high stability...(Click here to read more)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Comprehensive Gateway Linking Multiple Scientific and Technological Databases

Based on the concepts of linking, expanding and stimulating new ideas, J-GLOBAL links together various types of scientific and technological information—including research papers, patents, researchers and chemical substances—which have tended to be used separately. J-GLOBAL offers opportunities for unexpected discoveries and cross-disciplinary knowledge by providing a one-stop search service covering a broad array of science sources—both internal and external of JST—and links based on various correlations, such as co-authorship of papers and patents. (Click here to read more)


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Japan’s Largest Electronic Journal Platform for Academic Societies

J-STAGE provides access to peer-reviewed articles from approximately 1,700 journals published by academic societies in Japan. It includes both current and archived articles, with some journals offering access to their entire catalog. Around 90% of journals provide abstracts in English, and approximately 80% of articles are available free of charge. Full-text search and forward- and backward-citation links via various databases are also available. (Click here 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)


© Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)

AMED Washington, D.C. Office

On 1st November 2016, AMED Washington, D.C. Office was established as 2nd Overseas Office in AMED. Address; 1140 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, Suite 503, Washington, D.C...(Click here to read more)

Sports Information

© Singapore Sports Hub

Super Rugby 2017

Catch SUNWOLVES, the Japanese team that will be participating in the 2017 Super Rugby, in the following 3 games in Singapore at National Stadium next March and May! (Click here to read more)

(1) 1st Match in Singapore
Date: 18:55, 4th March 2017
Sunwolves vs Kings

(2) 2nd Match in Singapore
Date: 18:55, 25th March 2017
Sunwolves vs Stormers

(3) 3rd Match in Singapore
Date: 19:55, 20th May 2017
Sunwolves vs Sharks


© Rugby Singapore Pte Ltd.

HSBC World Rugby Sevens 2016/17 Series

Singapore will be hosting the 8th tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on 15 & 16 April 2017. A total of 16 international teams, including Japan, will participate in the 2016/17 Series, which kicked off in Dubai this month. (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)


© Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

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)


The 2017 MEXT Scholarships for Teacher Training and Japanese Studies

The 2017 MEXT Scholarships for Teacher Training and Japanese Studies is now opened for application. Apply through The Academy of Singapore Teachers, Ministry of Education, Singapore or Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore by next February!

(1) 2017 Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship - Teacher Training Students
Application deadline: February 28, 2017 (Tuesday)
*Apply through Academy of Singapore Teachers, Ministry of Education, Singapore.

(2) 2017 Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship - Japanese Studies Students
Application deadline: February 28, 2017 (Tuesday)
*Apply through Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore


© Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 92 December 9th, 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

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

Statement by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology on the Results of PISA 2015

The results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in2015, which assesses the extent to which 15-year-old students at the end of compulsory education can apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situation and is administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), were announced on 6th December 2016.

The results of PISA 2015 show that Japan remains one of top performing countries in all three domains: science, reading and mathematics and that Japanese students’ attitude towards science has improved. (Click here to read more)


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Statement by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology on Nationwide Academic Achievement Survey

The results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) survey conducted in 2015 by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) were announced on November 29, 2016.

The results of the TIMSS survey show that, in international comparisons, Japan is particularly strong in mathematics and science and that Japan continues to occupy a top position in international rankings, with elementary and junior high school students’ attitudes toward mathematics and science showing improvement. (Click here to read more)


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Modality and Promotion Policies between Schools and Communities for Education in a New Era and towards Realizing Regional Revitalization (Report)

On December 21, 2015, the Central Council for Education compiled “Modality and Promotion Policies between Schools and Communities for Education in a New Era and towards Realizing Regional Revitalization (Report).” (Click here to read more)

Upcoming Events at JCC

07.01.2017 Looking for Japan – Genesis – A lecture by Ms Naoko Tosa, Japan Cultural Envoy 2016 & Mr Ryohei Nakatsu
11.01.2017 - 21.01.2017 Singapore Style x Ishikawa Traditional Craft, Collaborative Product Exhibition

Related Events

08.12.2016 - 09.12.2016 Gutai Spirit @ Kato Art Duo


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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