JCC E-Magazine November 2016

SJ50 Friendship Parade at Orchard Road with Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
and Ministry of Transport Mrs Josephine Teo, H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda, SJ50 executive committee, Special Sponsors and Representative of Performers.


We had many things to celebrate in the month of October. Some of these included the delightful Flower x Pottery Exhibition by Mr Dan Takeda and Mr Takanao Todo, Kirié artist Mr Kubo Shu sharing the wonders of his Japanese paper cutting craft through his exhibition and workshops, and a spectacular Noh and 3D performance put up by Mr Amon Miyamoto. Last but certainly not the least, the climax was the SJ50 Matsuri and Friendship Parade in which both Singaporeans and Japanese joined in the huge celebration! Don't miss out on next month's events too, including the ongoing, inspiring contemporary art exhibition by Ms Tomomi Nitta. We are also pleased to informed you that we have officially launched our Facebook page for Embassy of Japan in Singapore! Do like and follow us at https://www.facebook.com/JapanEmbSG/.

Director's Message

© Adriane 2016

A big thank you to those who supported and participated in our SJ50 Matsuri and Parade this past weekend! I heard that our SJ50 Matsuri attracted 110,480 people during the two days of festivities, which completely exceeded our expectations. Initially, we started our Friendship Parade with 2,000 registered attendees and with your enthusiasm, the event ended with 18,700 spontaneous festival goers who all joined in the Awa Odori....(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Opening of Dan Takeda x Takanao Todo: Flower x Pottery Exhibition

On 5th October 2016, Wednesday, JCC had the pleasure to host the opening ceremony of Flower x Pottery Exhibition. This exhibition showcases the collaborative works by flower artist Mr Dan Takeda, and potter and architect Mr Takanao Todo. Currently running his own company, DAN TAKEDA FLOWER &...(Click here to read more)

Dan Takeda x Takanao Todo Flower x Pottery 爻 Creative Session

A ‘Dan Takeda x Takanao Todo Flower x Pottery 爻 Creative Session’ was held at JCC on Saturday, 8th October 2016. With over 100 guests in attendance, Mr Dan Takeda a floral artist demonstrated his beautiful craft in a form of a performance. Mr Takeda of DAN TAKEDA FLOWER & DESIGN PTE LTD., who currently...(Click here to read more)

Singapore Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) Day 2016

On Saturday, 8th October 2016 the Singapore Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) Day 2016 was held at *SCAPE. SSEAYP was established in 1974 and this year marks 43rd year. The youth exchange programme is sponsored by the Japanese Government and supported by ASEAN member states. Participating countries include Japan as...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema 51: Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno

We had so much fun at Tampines West Community Club (TWCC) on Saturday, 8th October 2016 as we screened ‘Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno’ for our JCC Cinema 52 session. The off premise screening is part of our community outreach programme and saw over 60 residents from the Tampines community. The TWCC Anibrass band performed the main theme song of Detective Conan entitled, “Kimi Ga Ireba” along with other...(Click here to read more)

Opening of Hanging Gardens, an exhibition of contemporary artworks by Tomomi Nitta

We have the pleasure of showcasing the buoyant masterpieces of a Japanese contemporary fine art artist, Ms Tomomi Nitta. Inspired by the nature and landscape of the beautiful garden city, Singapore that she fell in love with, she entitled her exhibition, ‘Hanging Gardens’ by Ms Tomomi Nitta. The exhibition features six sets of paintings, comprised of multiple canvases as well as...(Click here to read more)

Hanging Gardens Exhibition Talk Event

On Saturday, 15th October 2016 as part of our current exhibition, ‘Hanging Gardens’ by Ms Tomomi Nitta, we held a talk event by the artist herself and Mr Sueo Mizuma, Director of Mizuma Gallery. Mr Sueo Mizuma is the director and founder of Mizuma Gallery, the leading gallery in Tokyo, Japan. Continuously introducing young Japanese and Asian artists to the international art scene, he supports artists whose works offer a critique of...(Click here to read more)

Opening of Kirié: The Art of Japanese Paper Cutting

The opening ceremony the art exhibition titled “Kirié: The Art of Japanese Paper Cutting” by Mr Kubo Shu, in collaboration with the Singapore Arts Club, was held at The Arts House on Tuesday, 25th October 2016. Opening remarks were presented by JTI Singapore’s General Manager, Ms Julia Gough, H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and the Artist, Mr Kubo Shu. Born in Yamaguchi, Japan, Mr Kubo studied architecture in university, where....(Click here to read more)

Learn the Art of Japanese Paper Cutting

A workshop on Kirié (Japanese paper cutting) by Mr Kubo Shu was held on Wednesday, 26th October 2016. Due to overwhelming response, an additional session was held on Thursday, 27th October 2016. Both workshop sessions took place at The Arts House, where the artist’s selected works were on display as part of the art exhibition titled “Kirié: The Art of Japanese Paper Cutting”. The exhibition was held from 25th to 28th October 2016....(Click here to read more)

YUGEN: The Hidden Beauty Of Japan, Noh in 3D Live

Ancient Japanese Art of Noh performance met modern 3D technology for the first time ever at the world premiere of YUGEN: The Hidden Beauty of Japan on the evening of 28th and 29th October as part of Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) River Nights 2016. Organised by the Japan Foundation and supported by Japan Creative Centre (JCC) in conjunction with SJ50, this bold fusion of the age-old...(Click here to read more)

SJ50 Matsuri & Friendship Parade

SJ50 Matsuri & Friendship Parade – the largest element of the ongoing celebration that marks this year’s 50 years of Singapore–Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) was held with a blast on 29th and 30th October at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. With over 50 exhibitors showcasing Japanese tradition, food and pop culture, as well as featuring 40 performances by 24 groups and organisations from Japan, Singapore and...(Click here to read more)

SJ50 Supported Events

The 46th Japanese Cultural Festival - SJ50 Concert

As part of our SJ50 celebrations, The Japanese Cultural Society Singapore held the 46th Japanese Cultural Festival - SJ50 Concert at the Capitol Theatre on 1st October! Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Naohiro Tsutsumi and Mrs Tsutsumi graced the entertaining event. Some of the highlights include an Anime show, exciting taiko (Japanese drums), Koto (Japanese harp).... (Click here to view more)

SJ50 Matsuri Press Conference

Yesterday, the SJ50 Matsuri Press Conference was held at ION Sky to numerous representatives of the media. The pre-event press conference covered more on the upcoming SJ50 Matsuri. The aim of the SJ50 Matsuri is to foster more opportunities for the people of both nations to interact with each other, with further development of friendship and mutual understanding.... (Click here to view more)

JET Programme Information Sharing Session at NUS

A Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme Information Sharing Session was held at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore during the evening of Thursday, 6th October 2016. The programme was organised by CLAIR Singapore, the Embassy of Japan in Singapore, NUS and was in cooperation with JET Alumni Association (JETAA). The... (Click here to view more)

Noh: Contemporary Tradition by Theatre Nohgaku

H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and Mrs Yuko Shinoda watched "Noh: Contemporary Tradition" performed by Theatre Nohgaku, a company of many members are from the USA with English speaking performance. This was organized by #NUS Department of Japanese Studies, celebrating its 35th anniversary. Especially their original piece, "BlueMoon Over Memphis" was an... (Click here to view more)

A Stroke of Genius

Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and Mrs Yuko Shinoda attended the SJ50 "Stroke of Genius" demonstration and exhibit by Ms Shoko Kanazawa in this Down Syndrome Awareness month. It was a joint celebration with a concert by Dr Azariah Tan, a hearing impaired pianist. H.E. Minister Tan Chuan Jin for Social and Family Development graced the opening of this memorable event... (Click here to view more)

Nihongo De Asobou 2016

As one of this year’s SJ50 events, Nihongo De Asobou 2016 was held at Ministry of Education Language Centre (MOELC) Bishan Campus on 22 October 2016. Participated by 70 students from MOLEC and various Polytechnics in Singapore, they came together to learn Japanese Language through a series of fun and interactive games and quizzes, which were prepared by the... (Click here to view more)


Visit by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth

We had the honour to receive Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth today at JCC (Japan Creative Centre). Chargé d'affaires Mr Naohiro Tsutsumi and JCC Director Ms Misako Ito welcomed Minister Fu and explained about Japanese cultures, including the activities and exchanges of all...(Click here to view more)

Visit by Pokémon Company executives

Pokémon is coming to Singapore! The Pokémon Company executives from Tokyo HQs visited JCC this afternoon. Misako Ito, Director of JCC welcomed Mr Susumu Fukunaga, Corporate Officer and Mr Shoichi Obora, Manager of Asia General Headquarters. Please wait for their new press release coming soon! Sorry, but this is only what we can say and show to you today...(Click here to view more)

Visit by Business Delegations of The 77 Bank

Our Director Ms Misako Ito welcomed a group of business delegations led by The 77 Bank, Ltd. at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Monday, 24th October 2016. Led by Mr Nagayama Yoshiaki, Deputy President of the bank, the group was on a visit as part of their overseas trip to understand more about the business environment of Singapore and Vietnam. During the visit, Ms Ito introduced about the functions and events of JCC, as well as the activities and involvement of Japanese local government authorities in Singapore.

Visit by Awa Odori Performers

Awa Odori performers who danced at SJ50 Matsuri and Friendship Parade were here at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 28th October 2016! JCC Director Ms Misako Ito, together with Third Secretary Ms Junko Minagawa, welcomed the performers and introduced them about Singapore and our centre. Comprising of 60 top Awa dancers from Japan’s Tokushima and Koenji, they flew in especially to Singapore and their performance at the...(Click here to view more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for November

© Kyodo


November 15 is Shichi-go-san, a day of prayer for the healthy growth of young children. Shichi-go-san literally means seven, five, three; in most regions around the country, boys and girls aged three, boys aged five, and girls aged seven visit a Shinto shrine with their parents. Most girls wear kimonos when making their Shichi-go-san visit, while boys don haori jackets and hakama trousers. In recent years, though, an increasing number of children are wearing Western-style dresses and suits. In...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Launch success of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 31 (H-IIA F31) with the geostationary meteorological satellite "Himawari-9" on board

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 31 (H-IIA F31) with the geostationary meteorological satellite "Himawari-9" on board at 3:20 p.m. on November 2, 2016 (JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The launch vehicle flew as planned, and at approximately 27 minutes...(Click to read more)


© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

"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 robotic arm for capturing the Cygnus cargo spacecraft as the...(Click to read more)


© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

A joint observation by solar observing satellites Hinode and IRIS quantitatively explores the formation of the solar chromosphere

Although the solar energy sources are located at the core of the Sun, the temperature of the upper part of the solar atmosphere (called the chromosphere and corona) is higher than that of the visible surface, i.e. photosphere. The mechanisms that produce such a peculiar behavior are still a mystery for solar researchers. Waves, which propagate upward along the magnetic field....(Click to read more)


© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Sentinel-Asia: Disaster Management Support System In The Asia-Pacific Region

The Sentinel Asia initiative is an international collaboration among space agencies, disaster management agencies, and international agencies for applying remote sensing and Web-GIS technologies to support disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region. Its aims include the following:

  • Improve safety in society by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and space technologies
  • Improve the speed and accuracy of disaster preparedness and early warning
  • Minimize the number of victims and social/economic losses
    (Click to read more)


    © RIKEN

    Into the Future with the Post K Computer -Solutions to Global Challenges-

    The K computer has been a powerful scientific tool that has made possible many world-leading research results. RIKEN AICS is now developing a new supercomputer, the Post K computer, scheduled to be launched in 2020. This video introduces what the Post K computer is expected to achieve and how it will be used for advanced scientific research as well as for solving...(Click to read more: Website | Video)


    © RIKEN

    ROBEAR: The strong robot with the gentle touch

    Scientists from RIKEN and Sumitomo Riko Company Limited have developed a new experimental nursing care robot, ROBEAR, which is capable of performing tasks such as lifting a patient from a bed into a wheelchair or providing assistance to a patient who is able to stand up but requires help to do so. ROBEAR will provide impetus for research on the creation of...(Click to read more: Website | Video)


    © Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

    “JST Breakthrough Report 2016” 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 the following: the technology for bringing about realization of air purification using tree essential oils in the Development of Creative Technology Seeds, Commercial Development by Innovative Venture Companies program; the achievement in making a whole mouse....(Click here to read more)


    © Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

    Science Agora 2016

    Science Agora is the unique scientific festival to build the relationships among science and society through hundreds of programs such as scientific experiments for kids, discussions with cutting edge scientists, and public comments for scientific issues.

    Dates: November 3(Thu)-6(Sun), 2016
    Venue: Miraikan, Tokyo Academic Park, TIRI, and other neighborhood
    (Click here to read more)


    © Cabinet Office, Government Of Japan

    SIP "Pioneering the Future: Japanese Science, Technology and Innovation"

    The Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) is a national project for science, technology and innovation, spearheaded by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation as it exercises its headquarters function to accomplish its role in leading science, technology and innovation beyond the framework of government ministries and traditional disciplines. The SIP has identified 11 themes that will address the most important social problems facing Japan, as well as contribute to the resurgence of the Japanese economy. Each project is led by an experienced and talented program director who is responsible for end-to-end focused research and development, facilitating coordination...(Click to read more: Brochure | SIP Summary | The 11 Issues Addressed by SIP)


    © Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program/ Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

    Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT)

    ImPACT (Impulsing PAradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program) is a program led by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation. Founded in 2014, this program aims for the achievement of disruptive innovation. A distinctive characteristic of this program is the embracing of a high-risk, high impact philosophy. ImPACT focuses on difficult research without fear of failure. A second distinctive characteristic of ImPACT is that, to promote this kind of research and development, Program Managers (PMs) are entrusted with significant authority over matters such as planning, team organization, and budget allocation. Acting as executive...(Click to read more: Website | Brochure | R&D Programs)


    Innovation of Automated Driving for Universal Services (SIP-adus) - Mobility Bringing Everyone a Smile - Project Documents(FY2015)

    Inclusive society, where diverse people in diverse communities actively participate in generating values, will enhance both wellness of individuals and economic development. Automated driving technologies integrated with social innovations should provide everyone with mobility to fully exercise his or her capacity, enabling sustainable development of the society...(Click here to read more)


    © Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)

    AMED-A*STAR Joint call for Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP)

    Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) in Collaboration with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (A*STAR) pleased to announce AMED-A*STAR Joint call for proposal on Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) in ageing research area. This is the first joint call under the Memorandum of Corporation singed by AMED and A*STAR this March...(Click here to read more)


    © Professor Sumio Ohtsuki

    Discovery of Blood Biomarkers for Early Pancreatic Cancer Detection

    Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer because early stage symptoms are relatively light, often resulting in it being discovered only after spreading to other organs. In order to improve the prognosis of pancreatic cancer, the development of methods for early detection of pancreatic cancer with a blood test is important. Working toward that goal, a research collaboration between Kumamoto University, Tohoku University and the National Cancer Center of Japan has discovered proteins in the blood which improve the detection of pancreatic cancer. When used in combination with conventional biomarkers, they enable the diagnosis of early stage pancreatic cancer, which was previously difficult.


    © JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency)

    Fukushima Nuclear Accident Archive (FNAA)

    March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck Japan, and serious nuclear accident took place at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. After the accident, large volumes of related information (seismic damage information, plant status, monitoring data, research results, etc.) have been released from the websites of the Tokyo Electric Power Company, government agencies, universities, and research institutes, etc. However, information on the Internet may be dispersed and lost with lapse of time (such as change of URL). In order to collect and preserve comprehensive information regarding the accident and ensure access to such information, the JAEA library develops the “Fukushima Nuclear Accident Archive (FNAA)”. With an Internet connection, anyone can access this archive.
    (Click here to watch video)


    © JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency)

    Without blood drawing with a prick ~Towards development of a palm-sized non-invasive blood sugar sensor~A Thread of “Light” to People with Diabetes

    The number of diabetic patients is said to be 400 million in the world, and in Japan the number increases every year. Under such circumstance, JAEA has successfully developed a non-invasive type (without damaging living body) blood sugar sensor. If this sensor, enabling blood sugar test without painful blood sampling, becomes widely used, the burden of patients as well as that of medical staff engaged in blood sampling and data input will be alleviated, and time taken for treatment will be reduced. Also, if the non-invasive type blood sugar sensor is placed in city halls, libraries and other public and private organizations and thus become conveniently available to people like the blood pressure measuring apparatus, it will help daily prevention of diabetes.
    (Click here to watch video)

    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)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

    Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 90 October 7th, 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

    © The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR)

    The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

    The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is administered through the collaboration of Japan’s local government authorities, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). (Click here to watch video)

    The 2017 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
    Application deadline: November 18, 2016 (Friday)


    University Degree Courses Offered in English

  • English Degree Courses (Bachelor)
  • English Degree Courses(Master & Doctor)

  • Upcoming Events at JCC

    24.11.2016 - 26.11.2016 Temari Exhibition & Workshop
    15.10.2016 - 12.11.2016 Hanging Gardens: An exhibition of contemporary artworks by Tomomi Nitta

    Related Events at JCC

    11.11.2016 ONE Championship event @ Singapore Indoor Stadium
    10.03.2015 - 31.12.2017 Fifty Years of Singapore Design Exhibition @ National Design Centre

    SJ50 Notice

    Until December Sakura Sling @ Raffles Singapore
    30.11.2016 SG-JP Music Mix 2016 @ Victoria Concert Hall
    19.11.2016 The 4th JAS Joint Concert @ The Japanese Association, Singapore
    18.11.2016 - 27.11.2016 Hello Hokkaido! Winter Hokkaido Fair at Resorts World Sentosa @ Resorts World Sentosa
    12.11.2016 - 02.01.2017 Christmas On A Great Street 2016 @ Orchard Road
    12.11.2016 TGS×Japan (Singapore Edition) @ School of the Arts Concert Hall
    21.10.2016 - 06.11.2016 SJ50 Fashion showcase: "A Room With No Walls" @ Colony Clothing
    30.07.2016 - 16.12.2016 The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (43rd)
    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


    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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