The Kyoto Protocol enters into force. Avian influenza rages across Asia. A major earthquake hits Pakistan, killing more than 70,000 people. Relations with China deteriorate due to Prime Minister Koizumi's visit to Yasukuni Shrine, and anti-Japanese demonstrations are held in various parts of China. In Japan, a large number of falsifications regarding the anti-seismic data of condominiums and other buildings are exposed. The Aichi Expo is held in Aichi, Nagoya.
Graphic Design's Events
The Society of Typography, Japan is established. Morisawa launches its annual license program "MORISAWA PASSPORT." Mitsuo Katsui receives the 6th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award.
JAGDA New Designer Award
Koji Iyama（b.1967） Chiharu Kondo（b.1978） Takahisa Nnakajima（b.1971） Kazushi "SABI" Nakanishi（b.1965）
ADC Grand Prix
SUNTORY / Commercial Film and News Paper Ad
TDC Grand Prix
Andreas Muller For All Seasons
Youtube, a video sharing service, launches in the United States. Combined with the blog boom, personal postings on the internet spread. The Nintendo DS and Wii game consoles go on sale. The iTunes Music Store service is launched, bringing about a major change in the way people listen to music.
Cool Biz Initiative starts in order to reduce the reliance on air-conditioning. The ICOCA service is launched. “Jukunen rikon" (divorces among couples who have been married for a long time) becomes a hot word originating from a TV drama. Curly hair becomes popular among young people, and the use of hair irons spreads.
Japanese Buzzword Award
Koizumi Gekijo (Koizumi Theater) (then secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party Tsutomu Takebe)
Word of the Year
UK: Sudoku / US: podcast（Oxford） truthiness（ADS）
Steam cooker, WILLCOM flat-rate plan, kanten (agar) (diet food)
Japanese Music AI: “Story" Kobukuro: “Sakura" (Cherry Blossoms) Def Tech: "My Way" Remioromen: “Konayuki" (Powder Snow)
Western Music Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx: “Gold Digger" Gorillaz: "Feel Good Inc." Rihanna: "Pon de Replay" Kelly Clarkson: "Since U Been Gone"
Exhibitions in 2005
The Graphic Design of Makoto Wada
German AGI Graphic Design Exhibition: Perfect Form
Katsunori Aoki XX Exhibiion
2005 Tokyo Art Directors Club Exhibition
Laboratoires CCCP = Dr. Peche + Melle Rose Exhibition
The Tokyo Type Directors Club 2005 Exhibition
Mevis &VanDeursen Exhibition
Kashiwa Sato Exhibition: BEYOND
Cyan Exhibition: 13 Years in Berlin
Wind and Lightning: A Half-Century of Magazine Design by Kohei Sugiura Exhibition