ddd moves to Namba, Osaka on May 24 and organizes the reopening exhibition "EXHIBITIONS: Graphic Messages from ggg & ddd 1986-2006."
Subprime crisis occurs. The Ministry of Defense is established as one of Japan's administrative agencies. The National Referendum Act, a legal procedure necessary for constitutional reform, is passed. Mislabeled food products are discovered in various locations. Niigataken Chuetsu-oki Earthquake occurs. Yasuo Fukuda becomes the 91st Prime Minister of Japan in September.
Graphic Design's Events
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT and Design Hub opens in Roppongi. The first issue of "Design no Hikidashi" (Graphic Inc.) is published. The activities of designers from agencies become prominent: Kenjiro Sano holds his solo exhibition "Ginza Salone”; Chie Morimoto leaves Hakuhodo to work independently; and Kashiwa Sato publishes his book “Cho Seiri Jutsu." Shin Matsunaga receives the 9th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award.
JAGDA New Designer Award
Tadahiro Gunji（b.1978） Yosuke Kobayashi（b.1975） Tomoaki Furuya（b.1973）
ADC Grand Prix
Ci, Space Design and Commercial Fims / SOFTBANK CORP. and SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp.
TDC Grand Prix
Kazunari Hattori TAKEO DESK DIARY 2006 Vol.48
NTT DoCoMo terminates pager service. Apple introduces iPhone (without Flash support) and iPod touch. Google launches Android, a platform for mobile devices. Nico Nico Douga (beta) service is launched. Windows Vista is launched. Video sharing website YouTube (Japanese version) begins service. Hatsune Miku, a Vocaloid software voicebank, hits the scene.
UNIQLO introduces HEATTECH, a line of clothing that becomes a big hit. The expression “KY" (kuuki ga yomenai, meaning unable to sense the situation ) becomes a popular expression. Tokyo Midtown is completed in Roppongi.
Japanese Buzzword Award
[Miyazaki wo] dogenka sen to ikan (we have to do something [about Miyazaki]) (Governor of Miyazaki Prefecture Hideo Higashikokubaru) Hanikami Oji (Bashuful Prince) (nickmane for amateur golf player Ryo Ishikawa)
Word of the Year
carbon footprint (UK) & locavore (US) subprime（ADS）
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Crocs, Billy's Boot Camp (exercise program)
Japanese Music Kobukuro: “Tsubomi” (Buds) Hikaru Utada: "Flavor Of Life" GReeeeN: “Ai Uta" YUI: "CHE.R.RY
Western music Fergie: "Big Girls Don't Cry" Gwen Stefani feat. Akon: “The Sweet Escape" Avril Lavigne: "Girlfriend" Plain White T's: "Hey There Delilah"