JCC E-Magazine June 2018

Tropical Opulence and Simplicity ~ A workshop by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 ~


Our digital art exhibition 感0 – KANZERO came to close in the beginning of May, and we were pleased to see people of all ages appreciating the charming yet nostalgic feel of the art. After which, we were delighted to continue to showcase a variety of events from our ever popular JCC Cinema, to featuring the lesser known "Olive Island of Japan" Shodoshima, as well as an Ikebana workshop catered to both beginners and advanced learners.

JCC will be hosting a unique exhibition in the month of June. The artist Ms Mayumi Terada specially takes photographs of constructed miniatures rooms, based on the theme of "Absence". If you are curious to learn more about her art, do join us at JCC for her Artist Talk on 9 June 2018!

Director's Message


How time flies! We have now approached the middle of the year! I am so grateful and pleased with all the support and enthusiasm that we have received through JCC’s programmes since the beginning of this year; this strong support has made me even more excited to show everyone what else JCC can present this year! In May, 感0 – KANZERO - An Exhibition by wataboku, ended on a high note, with many guests coming to view the beautiful...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

JCC Cinema 65: Mameshiba

On 19 May 2018, JCC screened the movie Mameshiba as part of its JCC Cinema series. The heart-warming film depicts a middle-aged man leaving the town that he grew up in, in search of his mother, together with Ichiro, a two-month old Shiba Inu puppy. Many audience members turned up despite the heavy rain, and enjoyed the comedy and warmth of the movie...(Click here to read more)


Dramatic Olive Island ~ Shodoshima ~

Dramatic Olive Island ~ Shodoshima ~, a talk about Shodoshima, one of the islands located in Seto Inland Sea that is especially well-known as the birth place of olive cultivation in Japan, was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Friday, 25 May 2018. Mr Kosuke Otsubo from Inoue Seikoen, who studied in-depth about olive oil in Spain, first introduced the rich nature and history of the island in four seasons, including the breath-taking Kankakei Gorge...(Click here to read more)

Tropical Opulence and Simplicity ~ A workshop by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 ~

Tropical Opulence and Simplicity, a workshop by Ikebana International (I.I.) Singapore Chapter 135, was held yesterday at JCC (Japan Creative Centre). Under the guidance and facilitation of Ms Kathreen Meyer-Ohle from Ohara School of Ikebana and other I.I. members, about 30 participants attended the workshop and learnt about flower arrangements that conjure the image of...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

The Seventh Fleet Band’s Visit to The Japanese School Singapore Clementi Campus

The Seventh Fleet Band of the US Navy visited The Japanese School Singapore Clementi Campus, and held an exciting live music concert in the school gymnasium on 11 May 2018. Around 850 children and teachers attended the concert and enjoyed the wide range of music played by the eight members. Moved by the exciting music, the children and teachers ended standing up...(Click here to read more)
Opening of Ikebana International Exhibition ‘The Five Elements of Ikebana’

On the evening of 18 May 2018, Director of JCC (Japan Creative Centre) Ms Akiko Sugita had the pleasure of attending the opening ceremony of “Five Elements and Ikebana”, an exhibition of floral arrangements organised by Ikebana International Singapore chapter 135 at Paragon Shopping Centre as Guest of Honour. The ceremony began with a welcome speech by President of the Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135...(Click here to view more)

Featured Article of the Month

Ryukyu Dynastic Food and Jimami Tofu By Mr Jason Chan

My wife and I had always had a penchant for Japan ever since I visited Hokkaido years ago and had a taste of Ryokans (traditional Japanese Inns) and the amazing kaiseki meals they served. I am a co-founder of a production company called BananaMana Films and I had always told my business partner we had to shoot in Japan - it was a dream of mine not only to capture the organically beautiful...(Click here to read more)

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Japanese Cultural Fact for June

© Tamaki Yamamoto

Beginning of the Pool Season

Swimming is an important part of the physical education curriculum during the summer months. About 72.4% of all middle schools in Japan have a swimming pool, and swimming is a popular summertime sport among Japanese students. Most schools with a pool inaugurate the swimming season in June. For three months until the season's close in mid-September, students look forward to swimming classes during the all-too-brief summer...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Successful Deployment of First Kenyan Satellite, selected as First KiboCUBE programme of UNOOSA and JAXA

On May 11, 2018, the first CubeSat developed under the KiboCUBE programme has been successfully deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” of the International Space Station. This CubeSat, named “1KUNS-PF” was developed by a team from the University of Nairobi...(Click to read more)



Mutation discovered to protect against Alzheimer’s disease in mice

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science have discovered a mutation that can protect against Alzheimer’s disease in mice. Published in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the study found that a specific mutation can reduce the characteristic accumulation of the amyloid-beta peptide that occurs...(Click to read more)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

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)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
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)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Detective Conan: Uncovering the Mystery through Scientific Investigation

Miraikan - the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Odaiba, Tokyo), will hold the special exhibition “Detective Conan: Scientific Investigation” from April 18 to July 8, 2018. Detective Conan, also known abroad as Case Closed, is a popular anime and manga franchise that has spread across borders, cultures and generations since its serialization beginning in 1994. The special exhibition provides a fun experience through the process of a scientific investigations in the imaginary world of Detective Conan. The exhibition features a special original story not seen in the original works...(Click to read more)


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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)
FY 2018 e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP) – Joint Call for “Health Research: Infectious Diseases, Cancer Research”

Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for FY 2018 e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP) in “Health Research: Infectious Diseases, Cancer Research”. research area. The e-ASIA Joint Research Program (hereinafter referred to as the “e-ASIA JRP”) aims to develop a vibrant and collaborative research community in Science and Technology, to promote innovation in the East Asian region, and to contribute to the region’s economic development. (Click here to read more)


© Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
GACD collaborative call: Scaling-up of evidence-based interventions at the population level for the prevention or management of hypertension and/or diabetes

The global burden of non-communicable diseases constitutes a major public health challenge, which undermines social and economic development in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as in high-income countries. In cooperation with Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) is promoting implementation research on chronic diseases in LMICs through collaborative calls for research proposals. AMED and GACD are also going to co-host “7th GACD Implementation Science Workshop“ on 5 and 6 July, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. Applications are now open for both:

  • About the collaborative call
  • About the workshop


    © Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
    Singapore A*STAR is offering various scholarship

    Singapore A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) with whom AMED signed the Memorandum of Cooperation is offering various scholarships such as:

  • SIPGA: Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award
  • ARAP: A*STAR Research Attachment Programme
  • SINGA: Singapore International Graduate Award

    These scholarships welcome international students, including who are from Japan. Please visit the links above for further information. (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 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)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Job Hunting Guide for International Students

    Job Hunting Guide for International Students 2018 was released by Japan Student Service Organisation (JASSO). (Click here to read more)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 109 May 10th, 2018

    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

    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    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 2017 EJU | (Click here to read more))


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    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
    (Click here to read more)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    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)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Study in English at Japanese university

    © Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
    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.
    (Click here to read more)


    © Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
    Top Global University Project

    Since 2014, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has been carrying out the Top Global University Project to provide prioritized support to those universities that are leading the internationalization of Japan’s education by launching new programs to encourage and deepen interactions and partnerships with the world’s top universities, reforming personnel and educational systems, enhancing educational systems to help students develop the ability to act globally and accelerating other globalization initiatives. Under the Top Global University Project, 13 universities were selected as Type A (Top Type) universities that are conducting world-leading education and research and 24 universities were selected as Type B (Global Traction Type) universities that are leading the globalization of Japanese society. These 37 universities have been working hard on internationalization and university reform. (Click here to read more)

    Top global university project Outline Flyer is as follows: https://tgu.mext.go.jp/en/downloads/pdf/sgu_flier.pdf

    Upcoming Events at JCC

    08.07.2018 Japanese Speech Contest 2018
    16.06.2018 JCC Cinema 66: When Marnie Was There [PG] @ Woodlands Regional Library
    05.06.2018 国際機関就職説明会のお知らせ
    09.06.2018 - 30.06.2018 Photography as Art - Seeking Living Absence: An exhibition by Mayumi Terada

    Supported Events

    27.06.2018 'A Song of Life' Concert by Sachiyo -Featuring Her Original Compositions- @ Esplanade Recital Studio

    Related Events

    28.10.2018 Cycling Shimanami 2018
    23.08.2018 - 27.08.2018 The 17th International Animation Festival - HIROSHIMA 2018 Competition: Calling for Entries!!
    20.07.2018 Japanese Jazz Party: Horns Riot @ Esplanade Annexe Studio
    30.06.2018 Special Discount Rates for Super Rugby: Sunwolves VS Bulls @ National Stadium, Singapore
    24.06.2018 - 25.06.2018 Character Art Seminar by Japan's Top Nail Artist
    Digital Light Canvas @ Marina Bay Sands


    Guided walk at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Japanese (17th June)
    Nominations for “Hamaguchi Award” (Deadline: 8th June 2018)
    Talents Tokyo 2018 call for entries from May 15th (Deadline: 15th June 2018)
    Open call for FEATURE FILM & SHORT FILM SUBMISSIONS for 29th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) (Deadline: 20th August 2018)
    Enjoy Free Japanese Lessons here on NHK World!
    Calling Entries: 12th Japan International MANGA Award (Deadline: 15th June 2018)
    ■ The Japan Foundation grant program for FY2018 (Japanese / English)
    Latest information on visiting Iwate: IWATE CLASSIC ROAD Tourism Magazine (Click to download)
    Youkobo Art Space calling for artist-in-residence

    Japan Creative Centre

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