DNP Gallery reopens in May.
The euro starts circulating as the EU's single currency. At the first Japan-North Korea summit, Kim Il Sung apologizes for “abductions," and five of the victims return to Japan. Prime Minister Koizumi becomes the first Japanese prime minister to visit North Korea. The Japan-Korea World Cup is held.
Graphic Design's Events
Morisawa's PR magazine "Tategumi Yokogumi" ceases publication. Kazunari Hattori draws attention for his design of the magazine "Ryuko Tsushin." Kashiwa Sato receives the 4th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award. Ikko Tanaka (b. 1930) passes away.
JAGDA New Designer Award
Hiroshi Goto（b.1962） Kenjiro Sano（b.1972） Noboru Naito（b.1967）
ADC Grand Prix
TOKUSHU PAPER MFG. CO., LTD., Graphic Design
TDC Grand Prix
Stefan Sagmeister Sagmeister: Made You Look
KDDI launches Chaku-Uta, a ringtone service. Winny, file-sharing software using P2P technology, is released. The Xbox game console is released.
As a result of the World Cup, attention is drawn to good-looking soccer players. There is a surge in the number of men with soccer player David Beckham's hairstyle. Rowdy, violent soccer fans called hooligans become conspicuous. Flat-screen TVs start to become popular. Layered clothing becomes popular.
Japanese Buzzword Award
Tama-chan (a spotted seal) (the discoverer of Tama-chan, Yuji Sasaki, and Yuko Kurozumi of Fuji Television Network)
Word of the Year
WMD：weapons of mass destruction（ADS）
Abtronic (exercise equipment), Nicorette (quit-smoking products), Amino Supplement (dietary supplement)
Japanese Music Ayumi Hamasaki: “Voyage" KICK THE CAN CREW: “Marché" CHEMISTRY: "My Gift to You" SMAP: “Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana" (The One and Only Flower in the World)
Western music Ashanti: “Foolish" Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland: "Dilemma" Linkin Park: "In The End" Avril Lavigne: "Complicated"
Exhibitions in 2002
Chinese Graphic Design Exhibtion
Sadik Karamustafa Exhibition: Journeys and Rituals
2002 Tokyo Art Directors Club Exhibiiton
Ken Miki Exhibition
Posters from Vienna Exhibition: The Vienna Municipal Library Archive 1883-2002
The Tokyo Type Directors Club 2002 Exhibition
Studio Tapiro Exhibition: Posters for the Venice Biennale
Ott + Stein Exhibition: Posters from Berlin
Makoto Saito Exhibition
Tadahito Nadamoto Exhibition: Patterns from Everyday Life