JCC E-Magazine July 2016

(From left to right) Mdm Foo Wai Lin, Ambassador Chew Tai Soo, H.E. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan,
H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and Mrs Yuko Shinoda


For the past one month, we were treated to a feast of art and culture events at JCC! These ranged from a showcase of the unique crafts between Japanese creative "lifestyle" makers from the Kanto region and Singaporean designers in CREATIVE-KANTO Meets Singapore exhibition, to local artists Ms Susie Wong and Ms Adeleine Daysor expressing their views of nature in Japan through art form in GORAIKO ご来光 exhibition, as well as the opening ceremony of renowned Japanese calligraphy, Ms Nakatani Suisen's exhibition.

We were also honoured to host the opening reception of Japan’s first overseas Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) office in Singapore, and to witness the conferment ceremony of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star to Ambassador Chew Tai Soo, Former Singapore’s Ambassador to Japan. We are more than pleased with the continuity of events that reflect the spirit of SJ50! Please stay tuned for more exciting activities, as we enter the second half of SJ50!

Director's Message

© George Lonezmoon Photography 2014
Konnichiwa! How fast time flies by in this busy year of SJ50! The first half has already passed by and we just kick-started the latter half with an opening of Japanese Sumi Ink exhibition by calligrapher and Kokotsu-bun (Oracle bone script) specialist, Ms Nakatani Suisen on 1st July at JCC. Her art pieces are full of her profound interpretations of the world’s ancient Kokotsu-bun characters, reinterpreted into a bold and playful art form. I strongly recommend readers of this E-Magazine to visit JCC and witness this rare show in Singapore with your own eyes...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Opening Reception of CREATIVE-KANTO Meets Singapore Exhibition

The opening ceremony of CREATIVE-KANTO Meets Singapore – an exhibition by Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (Kanto-METI), and DesignSingapore Council which showcased a collaborative project between Japanese creative "lifestyle" makers from the Kanto region and Singaporean designers was held on Monday, 6th June 2016 at ...(Click here to read more)
Opening Ceremony of Goraiko Exhibition by Susie Wong and Adeleine Daysor

From Tuesday, 14th June 2016 to Saturday, 25th June 2016 we held an exhibition of artworks by Singaporean landscape artists, Ms Susie Wong and Ms Adeleine Daysor. The exhibition entitled, ‘GORAIKO ご来光’ featured natural scenes from Northern Japan, such as the majestic Mount Fuji. Ms Susie Wong began her craft in fine arts and curatorial projects since...(Click here to read more)
Artist Talk on Journeying Japan: From Apex to Land's End by Adeleine Daysor and Susie Wong

On Saturday, 18th June 2016 an Artist Talk session was held in JCC, as part of the ‘Goraiko ご来光’ Exhibition by Ms Adeleine Daysor and Ms Susie Wong. Guests who have known about the works of the two artists had the opportunity to dive in deeper into their artistic realm. Adeleine and Susie started their talk with a brief introduction of themselves and why they...(Click here to read more)
Conferment Ceremony of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star to Ambassador Chew Tai Soo

Ambassador Chew Tai Soo, Former Singapore’s Ambassador to Japan, was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the Emperor of Japan and presented by His Excellency Ambassador Kenji Shinoda on Tuesday, 21st June 2016. His Excellency Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore, graced the ceremony...(Click here to read more)
JCC Cinema 47: OYAKO – Present to the Future

Our monthly JCC Cinema event was held at Tampines West Community Club on Saturday, 25th June 2016 with a whelming response. The documentary, OYAKO – Present to the Future, was screened and this is the second time for us to follow renowned photographer Bruce Osborn’s journey from Los Angeles to Japan, who has been travelling around there since the 1980s and even braved into the...(Click here to read more)
Opening Ceremony of the AMED Singapore Office

Japan’s first overseas Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) office in Singapore was officially opened with a reception at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) as a SJ50 event on the evening of 27th June 2016. Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), graced the opening reception as the Guest-of-Honour, together with His Excellency Ambassador...(Click here to read more)
Opening Ceremony of Japanese Sumi Art Exhibition

On 1st July 2016, Friday, JCC had the pleasure to host the opening ceremony of the Japanese Sumi (Black Ink) Painting Exhibition. This exhibition showcases the captivating works of Ms Nakatani Suisen, an award-winning Japanese calligrapher. Born in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Ms Nakatani studied under renowned calligraphers such as Yamanaka Taisen, Kato Kaho, and Tamura Kukoku. Her calligraphy displays her own...(Click here to read more)

SJ50 Supported Events

SJ50 Sports Conference 2016

A Sports Conference was held on Monday, 2nd May 2016 at the Singapore Sports Hub to discuss matters on sports development between Japan and Singapore. The event was attended by over 360 people including Mr. Daichi Suzuki (Commissioner of Japan Sports Agency), Mr. Lim Teck Yin (CEO, Sports Singapore), Ms. Yuko Arimori (Silver Medalist of Barcelona Olympic) and Mr. Ang Peng Siong (Winner of Asian Games)...(Click here to read more)
The 3rd Japan-Singapore Inter-Professional Collaboration Symposium 2016

Mr. Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore and His Excellency Minister of State for Health, Dr. Lam Pin Min attended the opening ceremony at the third JSIP (Japan-Singapore Inter-Professional Collaboration) Symposium 2016, as SJ50 event, at The Academia (Auditorium, Singapore General Hospital Campus) on 14th May, 2016. The theme...(Click here to read more)
Singapore Seminar SJ50 Special Edition

Singapore Seminar SJ50 Special Edition: The History of Japan and Singapore for the future was held at The White House at Emily Hill (the former Japanese General Consulate, 1939-1941) on 28th May as part of the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations. It was conducted by Ms. Sachiyo Nakagaki who was born in Japan and raised in Singapore with deep knowledge of Singapore culture and history...(Click here to read more)
Opening Ceremony of Asian Culinary Institute (ACI)

Official opening ceremony of Asian Culinary Institute (ACI) of Singapore, which is a joint collaboration between WDA and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), was held in ACI on 15th June 2016. Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry as GOH and His Excellency Mr. Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore participated in this event. As one of the course of ACI, Washoku...(Click here to read more)


Visit by Mr Miyamoto Amon

Mr Miyamoto Amon, a Japanese Artistic Director, visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Friday, 17th June 2016. Welcomed by His Excellency Ambassador Kenji Shinoda, the Artistic Director has been involved in musicals, operas, plays, kabuki and other art genres, who even received the National Arts Festival Prize - the most prestigious directing award in Japan. The Ambassador also shared about this year's SJ50 celebrations with Mr Miyamoto Amon.

Visit by Chinese Delegation and Embassy of China in Singapore

We had a pleasant visit by a Chinese delegation from Beijing and Embassy of China in Singapore to join us in seeing the Goraiko exhibition on its final day at JCC (Japan Creative Centre). Mr Yu Peng, Director General, Centre of International Cultural Exchange, Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China, brought a group of performing arts children to...(Click here to view more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for July

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Opening of Climbing Season on Mt. Fuji

July 1 is the day when Mt. Fuji, Japan's highest and most famous peak, formally opens for the climbing season. (The start of the mountain-climbing season is known in Japanese as yamabiraki, which literally means "mountain opening.") The shrines located near the base hold yamabiraki ceremonies on this day to pray for the safety of climbers. Mt. Fuji, renowned throughout the world as a symbol of Japan, is situated near the...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

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Beyond the Sky and into Space JAXA 2015-2016

JAXA has achieved various social contributions through aerospace activities in JFY 2015 including information provision for disaster preparation/prevention by DAICHI-2 throughout the year, demonstration of D-SEND#2 or flight verification by an experimental supersonic airplane for low sonic boom design technology in July, the ISS expedition mission by Astronaut Yui from July to December, verification of upgraded...(Click to watch video)


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Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 "DAICHI-2" (ALOS-2) received the MEXT science and technology award

The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) is follow-on mission from the ""DAICHI", which contributed to cartography, regional observation, disaster monitoring, and resource surveys. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) recognizes remarkable achievements of R&D and the promotion of understanding in the science and...(Click to read more)


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Scientific balloon B16-01 experiment completed - High altitude flight test for Mars probe airplane"

JAXA conducted the second balloon release of the first scientific balloon experiment in JFY 2016 on June 12 (Sun.), 2016, aiming at a high-altitude flight test for a Mars probe airplane. The balloon was released at 3:33 a.m. on the 12th from the Taiki Aerospace Research Field, which is located in Hokkaido, northern part of Japan. The balloon entered in a state of...(Click to read more)



IUPAC begins Public Review of nihonium and Nh, the proposed name and symbol for the new element 113

On June 8, 2016, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) began a public review of the name and symbol—nihonium and Nh—that the research group led by Kosuke Morita, Group Director of the Research Group for Superheavy Element at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science proposed to IUPAC on March 18...(Click here to read more)



RIKEN Research

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...(Click here to read more)

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Official mirror of the UCSC Genome Browser Database in Japan

Based on a collaboration between the RIKEN Advanced Center for Computing and Communication and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), an official mirror of the UCSC Genome Browser Database was launched in Japan on June 16. This is the second official mirror in the world, following one set up in Europe. The UCSC Genome Browser Database is a...(Click here to read more)



RIKEN is home to the world’s two greenest supercomputers

Two supercomputers developed as part of collaborations between RIKEN and a pair of companies—PEZY Computing and ExaScaler Inc.—have taken first and second place on the Green500 list of the world’s greenest supercomputers. Both of these computers use leading-edge liquid immersion cooling technology to achieve very efficient system cooling of the computing equipment. With the publication of the latest...(Click here to read more)


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The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (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 permanent displays and exhibitions that provide people with a chance to enjoy hands-on contact with science and technology, Miraikan's colorful line-up of offerings includes...(Click here to read more)


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A Special Exhibition: "The NINJA - who were they?"
Term: 2nd July 2016 - 10th October 2016 (Sat - Mon)

This special exhibition explores the nature of the ninja's skills, physical abilities and wisdom from the viewpoint of modern science. With Mie University's cooperation in academic research, the exhibition reveals ninja wisdom through various approaches in different fields, including medicine, pharmaceuticals, food, astronomy, meteorology, explosives, and brain science...(Click here to read more)


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“JST Breakthrough Report 2016” Just Released

Every year, JST has been accomplishing a large number of achievements through its research funding programs. Of the achievements, we have chosen those which have a notably high impact on society, and have put them together in a brochure titled “JST Breakthrough Report” for the stakeholders as well as the public. To the fiscal 2016 issue of brochure, we have newly added 15 breakthroughs, which include...(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...(Click here to read more)

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The Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)

The Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) engages in research and development in the field of medicine and medical device, establishing and maintaining an environment for this R&D, and providing funding, in order to promote integrated medical R&D from basic research to...(Click here to read more)

The AMED Singapore Office was established on 27th June 2016!
Address: 2 Science Park Drive, #02-08/09, Ascent, Singapore Science Park I, Singapore 118222


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New SATREPS Projects for FY 2016 under AMED International Collaborative Research Program

Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED, President: Makoto Suematsu) announced the provisional selection of two new projects in the Infectious Diseases Control research area concerning “Research on measures to address infectious diseases control attuned to the needs of developing countries” for the Fiscal Year 2016 Science and...(Click here to read more)

Education Information in Japan

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Pamphlet on Scholarship for International Students in Japan 2016-2017

"Scholarships for International Students in Japan 2016-2017" contains details of scholarships provided by various organizations that responded to a questionnaire survey carried out by JASSO. (Click here to read more)


The 2017 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships for Undergraduate, Specialized Training College and Research Students

The 2017 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships for Undergraduate, Specialized Training College and Research Students are now opened to foreign students. Do not miss the opportunity to study in Japan! (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 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)


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Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 86 June 10th, 2016

Japan Student Service Organisation (JASSO) is publishing Japan Alumni the E News 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


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.

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Upcoming Events at JCC

10.07.2016 Japanese Speech Contest 2016
02.07.2016 - 23.07.2016 Japanese Sumi-Art Exhibition by Nakatani Suisen

Related Events at JCC

25.09.2016 - 05.11.2016 Shinro Ohtake: Solo Exhibition @ STPI
17.07.2016 Koto Lecture, Talk and Mini Concert by Kazue Sawai @ The Japanese Association
13.07.2016 Singapore Red Cross Humanitarian Lecture Series, Lessons from Disaster: The Resilience of Rikuzentakata by Mr Futoshi Toba - Mayor Of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture @ International Involvement Hub
10.03.2015 - 31.12.2017 Fifty Years of Singapore Design Exhibition @ National Design Centre

SJ50 Notice

The Launch of SJ50 Matsuri Website
The 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) Project Approval Process
The 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) Project Plan in Singapore


Morning guided walk around Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (in Japanese)
Call For Documentaries (The 5th Visual Documentary Project 2016)
Entries sought for essay contest on Natsume Soseki
Youkobo Art Space calling for artist-in-residence for 2017
KATO ART DUO presents NARA Yoshitomo - Picture Box Exhibition
Hida - Takayama Contemporary Woodblock-Prints Triennale 2017
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
50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50)

Japan Creative Centre

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