Earthquake strikes Sichuan, China. "Abenomics" economic policy begins. The Act on the Protection of Specified Secrets is enacted. The "Cool Japan" policy is promoted. Tokyo is chosen to host the 2020 Olympics.
Graphic Design's Events
"Design Ah!" exhibition, derived from an educational program on NHK E-television, is held at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT. Tetsuya Goto and Daijiro Ohara participate in the international typography exhibition biennale "Typojanchi" in Seoul, South Korea, as a curator and a featured designer, respectively. Keiko Hirano receives the 15th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award.
JAGDA New Designer Award
Yoshihisa Tanaka（b.1980） Atsushi Hirano（b.1978） Yumiyo Miyata（b.1973）
ADC Grand Prix
“The Exhibition ‘Design Ah!’” / 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, THE MIYAKE ISSEY FOUNDATION, NHK Educational Corp., Japan Broadcasting Corp.
TDC Grand Prix
Stefan Sagmeister & Jessica Walsh Now Is Better
The number of LINE users exceeds 100 million. The ban on election campaigning via the internet is lifted in Japan. Mercari Inc. begins service with its flea market application Mercari. The Prime Minister's Official Residence creates a Facebook account. The lines “jejeje" from the TV drama "Amachan" and “bai gaeshi da!" (double payback!) from the TV series “Hanzawa Naoki" become popular. The anime TV show "Shingeki no Kyojin” (Attack on Titan) becomes a hit. The movie “Soshite Chichi ni Naru” (Like Father, Like Son) wins the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
The terms “burakku kigyo” (black company) and "revenge porn" spread. The local mascot Kumamon from Kumamoto becomes a hit. A variety of high-performance masks go on sale in response to the fine particulate matter air pollutant PM2.5. Zawachin, who shows off her “monomane meiku” (imitation makeup) on her blog on a daily basis, attracts attention.
Japanese Buzzword Award
Ima desho! (It's now!) (Toshin High School Satellite Prep School Language Arts lecturer Osamu Hayashi) O-mo-te-na-shi (Hospitality) (freelance announcer Christel Takigawa) Jejeje (screenwriter Kankuro Kudo / actress Rena Nonen) Baigaeshi (double payback) (actor Masato Sakai / TBS Sunday Theater "Hanzawa Naoki" team)
Word of the Year
Konbini kohi (convenience store coffee), Pazuru & Doragon (Puzzle & Dragon) (smartphone game), non furaiya (non-fryer)
Japanese music Sakanakushon (Saknaction): “Myujikku” (Music) SEKAI NO OWARI: “RPG" Linked Horizon: “Guren no Yumiya" Ayame Goriki: "Tomodachi Yori Daijina Hito”
Western music Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams: “Get Lucky” Avicii: "Wake Me Up" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz: “Thrift Shop” Psy: "Gangnam Style"