JCC E-Magazine October 2016

A Celebration of Friendship through Ikebana, by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135.


We had an exciting array of events in the month of September. These included the exhibition of sublime ceramic works by Mr Ken Mihara, the beautiful Ikebana exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 which celebrated the SJ50 friendship, and an informative Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme (JET) Briefing in which many were able to learn more about teaching in Japan. We were also presented with many amazing outreach opportunities to share more about Japan be it in culture, design, or language. The next month promises to be an equally busy one, including our upcoming SJ50 Matsuri. We look forward to everyone joining in the festive spirit with us then!

Director's Message

© George Lonezmoon Photography 2014

October has arrived with large and eye-catching media coverages of the "SJ50 Matsuri and Friendship Parade", which will be held on 29th and 30th of this month at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, Orchard Road. It will be the biggest event that the Embassy of Japan has largely committed to, in collaboration with the SJ50 Matsuri Steering Committee which is comprised of 7 other Japan-related organisations in Singapore. We wish for this SJ50...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Opening Ceremony of Memories in Clay: Mindscape

On 2nd September 2016, Friday, JCC had the pleasure to host the opening ceremony of Memories in Clay: Mindscape. This exhibition showcases the inspirational works created by Mr Ken Mihara, one of the frontrunners of contemporary Japanese ceramics. His timeless pieces emit the essence of wabi-sabi (a Japanese aesthetic focusing on the acceptance of transience and...(Click here to read more)

Cultural Exchange between Singapore and Japan through pottery, a dialogue Session by Ken Mihara and Iskandar Jalil, facilitated by Clement Onn

A dialogue session on the Cultural Exchange between Singapore and Japan through pottery was held on Saturday, 3th September 2016 at Japan Creative Centre (JCC), as part of the ceramic exhibition – Memories in Clay: Mindscape by Mr Ken Mihara. The artist himself, who flew especially from Japan, together....(Click here to read more)

Sembawang GRC One Community Fiesta 2016

With an aim to enhance social cohesion between Singaporeans, New Citizens and Permanent Residents, the Sembawang GRC Integration and Naturalisation Champions (INCs) held an event, “One Community Fiesta” on Sunday, 4th September 2016. We were extremely delighted to be asked to participate and enlighten the crowd with traditional Japanese art. Our JCC Director Ms Misako Ito amazed audiences with her Japanese calligraphy...(Click here to read more)

Opening Reception of Japanese Design Today 100 Exhibition

The opening of the Japanese Design Today 100 Exhibition was held on 6 September at the Lim Hak Tai Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Organised by Japan Creative Centre, Embassy of Japan in Singapore, together with the Japan Foundation and NAFA, it is a touring exhibition that showcases Japanese product design, through 100 objects that embody the essence of Japanese culture. Opening remarks were presented by Minister....(Click here to read more)

Japanese Language Presentation at Pei Chun Public School

We were delighted to hear from Pei Chun Public School for another presentation on the Japanese language for their new batch of primary three and four students. Starting last year, the local school was first to provide Japanese and French as electives for their students. On Friday, 23rd September, three JCC staff made their way to the school, where they were greeted with over 700 students at the auditorium. Beginning with the geography of Japan...(Click here to read more)

Moshi Moshi Event & JCC Cinema 50: KOMANEKO

For the first time ever, we tied up with Marine Parade and held our monthly JCC Cinema on Saturday, 24th September 2016 at the Marine Parade Community Club. Screening two popular Japanese stop motion series entitled, ‘KOMANEKO: The Curious Cat’ and ‘KOMANEKO’s Christmas – A Lost Present’, the session saw over 60 attendees from local and Japanese communities. JCC Director Ms Misako Ito welcomed the audience to the....(Click here to read more)

A Celebration of Friendship through Ikebana: An Ikebana demonstration by Datin Ong Kid Ching and Momoko Emmott

Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 held a demonstration at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 27 September 2016 during their SJ50 Flower Exhibition: A Celebration of Friendship through Ikebana in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations. Conducted by Datin Ong Kid Ching, President of Johor Bahru Chapter 235 and award....(Click here to read more)

Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme Information Session 2016

An information session on the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme was conducted on Friday, 30th September at the Japan Creative Centre (JCC) with a full house. Providing an opportunity for foreigners to teach in Japan, the programme was started in 1987 with the purpose of increasing mutual understanding between the people of Japan and other nations. It aims to...(Click here to read more)

SJ50 Supported Events

A song & calligraphy performance & workshop by Tomochika890 (Yakkun)

As part of the SJ50 celebrations this year, professional calligrapher and singer, Tomochika 890 (Yakkun), put up a special cross-disciplinary performance at the Woodlands Regional Library on 3rd September 2016. Tomochika combined two of Japan's traditional culture, calligraphy and music, and enchanted the audience. This was followed by a calligraphy workshop, and.... (Click here to view more)

Celebrating SJ50 ”Japan & Singapore Music Concert for Children” - For next 50 years -

The Japanese mums meet Singapore Association held their ”Japan & Singapore Music Concert for Children” in celebration of SJ50 earlier this month. Check out the wonderful memories made from the photos below!... (Click here to view more)

SJ50 Celebration, Cook & Eat Well Singapore and Japan -by Spoonful-!

As part of the SJ50 celebrations this year, Spoonful SG introduced more about Japanese home cooking to Singaporeans who were eager to learn. This was part of their "Itadakimasu" project series vol1, and the theme for that day was "Shiokoji" (a type of natural seasoning). All the participants used traditional Japanese ingredients to create healthy and delicious... (Click here to view more)

The Heart of Japan

The Heart of Japan – A fascinating cultural exchange and performance of traditional Japanese music, dance and classical music was put up by a group of young Japanese and Singaporean musicians from Min-On Concert Association and National University of Singapore (NUS). Held in commemoration of this year’s SJ50, the final session was performed at Esplanade... (Click here to view more)

JET Matsuri

More than 100 people attended the SJ50 JET Exchange Matsuri at Japanese Association on 19th September where JET alumni members mingled with representatives from Japanese Association, JCCI and the Embassy of Japan. This event was organised by Embassy of Japan, JETAA Singapore and CLAIR combining the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of JET Program and the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations...(Click here to view more)

2nd Raffles Institution (RI) - Singapore Japanese Secondary School (SJSS) Collaboration on Cultural and Science Students' Exchange

The Principals of Singapore Japanese Secondary School and Raffles Institution met recently to take a group photo to commemorate the 2nd Collaboration on Cultural & Science Students' Exchange (2016). Both schools started their strategic partnerships since 2014, and their 2016 programme was accorded the SJ50... (Click here to view more)


Courtesy Call by Mayor of Osaka city Mr Hirofumi Yoshimura

The Mayor of Osaka City Mr Hirofumi Yoshimura visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) and paid a courtesy call to H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda on 3rd September 2016. They discussed and exchanged views about Japan and Singapore, as well as the ongoing SJ50 celebrations taking place this year. Mr Yoshimura also visited our exhibition – Memories in Clay: Mindscape by Ken Mihara and had a talked with the artist. The Mayor was on an...(Click here to view more)

Courtesty Call by Aichi Prefecture Governor Mr Hideaki Omura

The Governor of Aichi Prefecture Mr Hideaki Omura visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) and the exhibition on Memories in Clay: Mindscape on 15th September 2016. JCC Director Ms Misako Ito welcomed and introduced the centre, as well as this year’s SJ50 to the Governor. Both our Director and the Governor also discussed and exchanged ideas of various issues surrounding Singapore, Japan and Aichi Prefecture...(Click here to view more)

Courtesy Call by SSEAYP International Singapore

The newly elected Executive Board members of SSEAYP International Singapore, led by President Mr Gerald Tang and 1st Deputy President Mr Yacob Bin Hussain, paid a courtesy call to H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Naohiro Tsutsumi at JCC (Japan Creative Centre). Joined by National Leader Ms Jenny Lee and 2 participating youths representing the 43rd SSEAYP Singapore Contingent, they...(Click here to view more)

Visit by Kumon High School and NIE

A group of Japanese students from Kumon Kokusai Senior High School, together with the staffs and students of National Institute of Education, Singapore (NIE) and Nanyang Polytechnic, visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 28 September 2016. They were here in Singapore on an immersion programme with NIE from 26 – 31 September 2016. With the theme of Global Awareness, the programme aimed to provide an...(Click here to view more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for October

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Kyoto Jidai Matsuri

Jidai Matsuri is one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, the country's ancient capital, the others being the Aoi Matsuri, held in May, and Gion Matsuri, which takes place in July. Jidai Matsuri is held around Heian Shrine in the eastern part of the city on October 22. This is the date when Emperor Kanmu moved the nation's capital to Kyoto in 794 and named the city Heiankyo. Heian Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Kanmu and was built in 1895 to...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

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The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016

Congratulations! On 3rd October 2016, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016 was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, "for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy"!

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Kibo-ABC Member Countries' News: Asian Try Zero-G 2016 was performed by JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi

September 14th, Asian Try Zero-G 2016 was successfully conducted experiments by JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi in ISS/ Kibo. Astronaut Onishi preformed five experiments which were selected from over 120 ideas submitted from students and young scientist/engineers of Asian countries. Proposers from Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand visited the Mission Control Room...(Click to read more: Website | Video)


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H-IIA F31 with Himawari-9 onboard to be launched on Nov. 1

The launch schedule of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 31 (H-IIA F31) has been decided to be between 3:20 thru 6:18 p.m. on Nov. 1 (Tue), 2016 (Japan Standard time). The launch will be performed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and JAXA. The H-IIA F31 will carry the geostationary meteorological satellite "Himarawi-9," which will be operated for observation by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)...(Click to read more)


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Full release of the SELENE (KAGUYA) High Definition Television (HDTV) data

All the data taken by the high definition television (HDTV) onboard the SELENE (KAGUYA) lunar orbiter have been released. The SELENE HDTV, developed in cooperation with JAXA and NHK, captured the full HD images all around the Moon. The raw data, extracted right from more than 600 HD images that the SELENE...(Click to read more)



G7 health ministers visit Kobe campuses

On September 12, ministers participating in the G7 KOBE Health Ministers’ Meeting visited two RIKEN centers—the Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) and the Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS)—in Kobe. At CDB, they listened to an introduction to RIKEN by Executive Director Yoichiro Matsumoto and a presentation regarding the center by Director Hiroshi Hamada. Following that, Project Leader Masayo Takahashi told them about her pioneering clinical work using iPS cells—for the...(Click to read more)



RIKEN Research Fall 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...(Click to read more)

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



Success! iPSC-derived retinal cells from one monkey transplanted into another without rejection

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) have successfully transplanted retinal pigment cells derived from stem cells of one monkey into the eyes of other monkeys without rejection and without the need for immunosuppressant drugs. Published in Stem Cell Reports, the study shows that this procedure is possible as long as a set of cells called the MHC are genetically matched between the host monkey and the new retinal cells...(Click here to read more)



Human "junk" gene sequences can promote translation

One of the biggest surprises of the past decade of genomic studies was the discovery that, contrary to previous belief, the majority of the genome is not used to produce proteins. Initially, many scientists thought that these long non-coding RNAs were non-functional “noise,” but in recent studies, a growing fraction of these lncRNAs have been found to have regulatory functions...(Click here to read more)



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)


© 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
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The Science Centre World Summit (SCWS) 2017

The Science Centre World Summit (SCWS) is a global meeting of professionals of science centres / museums and their networks from around the world. The SCWS2017 will be held in Japan, representing countries in the Asia and Pacific region, at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan).

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6 collaborating science centers have been selected from the Asia-Pacific region! "Picture Happiness on Earth 2016-17"

Miraikan (the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) today announces the selection of collaborating science centers for the international workshop "Picture Happiness on Earth 2016-17". The 6 selected science centers are: Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre (Australia), Chiba City Museum of Science (Japan), Busan National Science Museum (South Korea), Science Alive Centre (New Zealand)...(Click here to read more)




DIGITAL CONTENT EXPO is an international event intended to shape the future of this industry five or ten years into the future as well as promote the exchange of the latest information between participating researchers, creators and businesspeople active in this field.

Dates: October 27(Thu)-30(Sat), 2016
Venue: Special Exhibition Zone, Miraikan
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「FY2017 Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).」Infectious Diseases Control field

Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) in collaboration with Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for FY 2017 Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) in Infectious Diseases Control field.

Please note that the information on applying SATREPS (please see the following website) is targeted for researchers who belong to Japanese research institutions/universities in Japan at the beginning of the project. Researchers in other countries should consult their national government agency responsible for the Official Development Assistance (ODA) technical cooperation, the Embassy of Japan, or JICA offices in their resident countries.


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Genetic Diversity of Enzymes Alters Metabolic Individuality

Sendai, Japan, September 2, 2016 – Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) is pleased to announce the published research article about genetic diversity and metabolome by Dr. Seizo Koshiba et al. on Scientific Reports. Dr. Koshiba said, “We discovered genetic variants affecting enzymatic activities in healthy people. Our study shows that genetic polymorphisms, the structural location of mutation, and effects for...(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.

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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)


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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).

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


© Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 89 September 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)

Results of the Survey on Refurbishment of the Earthquake Resistance of Public School Facilities(FY 2015)

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has compiled and now releases the results (as of April 1, 2015) of the FY 2015 survey on the improvement of the earthquake resistance of public school facilities such as school buildings, and inspections and measures for the earthquake resistance of nonstructural materials. (Click here to read more)


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Report released on “Guidelines for Improving Operations at Schools”

MEXT has been implementing surveys on understanding the actual working conditions of educational personnel at schools to ensure that teachers have time to be with children, in addition to deliberating measures for improving operations. MEXT has released a report on study findings: “”Guidelines for Improving Operations at Schools – Aiming to Ensure that Teachers Have Time to Be with Children”. (Click here to read more)

Culture & Sports Information in Japan

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World Forum on Sport and Culture

On October 19th -22nd , World Forum on Sport and Culture will be held in Kyoto and Tokyo, hosted by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan Sports Agency and Agency for Cultural Affairs. Discuss and transmit information about the international contributions of sport, culture, economics, and their tangible and intangible legacy while coordinating with tourism to hold an international meeting in...(Click here to read more)

Upcoming Events at JCC

15.10.2016 - 12.11.2016 Hanging Gardens: An exhibition of contemporary artworks by Tomomi Nitta
08.10.2016 JCC Cinema 51: Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno
06.10.2016 - 08.10.2016 Dan Takeda x Takanao Todo: Flower x Pottery 爻 Exhibition | Creative Session
07.09.2016 - 09.10.2016 Japanese Design Today 100

Related Events at JCC

13.10.2016 - 15.10.2016 Contemporary Tradition – Japanese Performance Genre Today @ National University of Singapore
06.10.2016 - 03.11.2016 Dawn of Youth @ Kato Art Duo
25.09.2016 - 05.11.2016 Shinro Ohtake: Solo Exhibition @ STPI
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


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)

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