• Ikko Tanaka is appointed as supervisor. DNP Graphic Design Archive (DGA) is established in September.

  • World Events

    Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia and George W. Bush as president of the United States. The Sydney Olympics and Paralympics are held. Prime Minister Obuchi is hospitalized in an emergency during his term of office and passes away suddenly. The ¥2,000 bill is issued to commemorate the Okinawa Summit. The long-term care insurance system is launched. Yoshiro Mori becomes the 85th Prime Minister of Japan in April (and goes on to become re-elected as the 86th Prime Minister).

  • Graphic Design's Events

    Takashi Murakami curates the "Superflat" exhibition, demonstrating his presence not only in the art world, but also in the design community. The "RE DESIGN" exhibition, produced by Kazumasa Nagai receives the 2nd Yusaku Kamekura Design Award. Takeshi Otaka (b. 1926) and Shichiro Imatake (b. 1905) pass away.

  • JAGDA New Designer Award

    Kashiwa Sato(b.1965) Norito Shinmura(b.1960) Kazunari Hattori(b.1964) Hiroshi Yonemura(b.1962)

  • ADC Grand Prix

    Sapporo Breweries Ltd. Television Commercial

  • TDC Grand Prix

    Naomi Enami + Neville Brody Fuse Exhibition Tokyo 1999

  • Media

    Google launches its search service in Japanese. Cell phones with cameras become a hit and the term “sha-meru (photo-mail)" becomes popular. Movable Type comes out. The Japanese version of Windows 2000 is launched. PlayStation 2 launches. BS digital broadcasting starts. Anime TV shows "Tottoko Hamutaro" and "Inuyasha" begin airing.

  • Culture

    A series of millennium weddings takes place. The UNIQLO brand image is renewed, and fleece becomes a big hit.

  • Japanese Buzzword Award

    Ohha (Good morning) (Shingo Mama)

  • Word of the Year


  • Hit Items

    DVDs, Amaguri muichai mashita (I have peeled a sweet roasted chesnut (food product), Nama-cha (beverage)

  • Pop Music

    Japanese music Yuki Koyanagi: “Aijo" (Love) aiko: "Boyfriend" Porno Graffitti: “Saudade" Mai Kuraki: "Stay by my side"

    Western music Eminem: "The Real Slim Shady Aaliyah: "Try Again Nsync: "Bye, Bye, Bye" Bon Jovi: "It's My Life"

Exhibitions in 2000