• World Events

    The first summit in U.S.-North Korea history is held. North and South Korean leaders agree on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The #MeToo movement advocating against sexual violence and sexual harassment against women spreads globally. The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics are held. The Workstyle Reform Act is enacted. Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is arrested. Falsification of the Moritomo document at the Ministry of Finance is revealed. Once-in-a-decade record-breaking rainfall occurs in Kyushu.

  • Graphic Design's Events

    The exhibition "Fragments of Graphism: An Alternative History of Graphic Desgn in Japan" by Kiyonori Muroga, then chief editor of Idea, Daijiro Ohara, Kensaku Kato, Tetsuya Goto, So Hashizume, and others is held at Creation Gallery G8. Yoshiaki Irobe redesigns corporate identity plan for the Osaka Metro. Norio Nakamura receives the 20th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award. Helmut Schmidt (b. 1918) passes away.

  • JAGDA New Designer Award

    Aki Kanai(b.1983) Masaki Hanahara(b.1979) Takuma Fukuzawa(b.1981)

  • ADC Grand Prix

    Book Design / “Advertising is” / Graphic-sha Publishing Co., LTD.

  • TDC Grand Prix

    Prill Vieceli Cremers Under the Radar, Underground Zines and Self-Publications 1965-1975

  • Media

    The movie “One Cut of the Dead" becomes a big hit. The movie "Shoplifters” wins the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. TikTok becomes a huge hit among junior high and high school students, and hit songs emerge from the background music. The presence of virtual YouTubers increases.

  • Culture

    Namie Amuro retires. ZOZOTOWN distributes ZOZOSUIT for free, and this becomes a hot topic. Smart home appliances such as Google Home and Amazon Echo begin to spread. The Shogi (Japanese chess) world is excited by the success of Sota Fujii. Tennis player Naomi Osaka wins the US Open for the first time.

  • Japanese Buzzword Award

    Sodane (Yes, that's right.) (Loco Solare)

  • Word of the Year

    TOXIC tender-age shelter(ADS)

  • Hit Items

    Drive recorder, Hon Kirin (beverage), and NONIO (oral care)

  • Pop Music

    Japanese music Kenshi Yonezu: "Lemon"  Masaki Suda: "Sayonara Elegy" Little Glee Monster: “Sekai wa Anata ni Waraikakete Iru” (The World is Smiling at You)

    Western music Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug: “Havana” Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin: "I Like It" Drake: "God's plan"

Exhibitions in 2018