Tokyo exhibition put on hold: NPM
Central News Agency
2014-06-21 11:18 PM
Taipei, June 21 (CNA) The National Palace Museum (NPM) said late Saturday in a statement it will make a final decision on whether to continue its exhibition in Tokyo as planned, pending furture coordination and follow-up handling by Japan. Taiwan's first lady Chow Mei-ching will also temporarily postpone her visit to Japan, where she was scheduled to attend the June 23 opening of the exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum.

Selected items from the NPM were set to be put on display under the title "Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei" at the Tokyo National Museum from June 24 to Sept. 15, and at the Kyushu National Museum from Oct. 7 to Nov. 30. Controversy erupted when some posters advertising the exhibition were found to refer to the NPM as simply "Palace Museum, Taipei" -- an apparent violation of an agreement between Taiwan and Japan that the museum's full name must be used in all publicity materials.

The posters in question, which have been spotted at train stations and parks in Tokyo, were prepared by a group of media sponsors comprising major media outlets including NHK, the Asahi Shimbun and other TV stations and newspapers. The official posters and brochures prepared by the Tokyo National Museum itself, however, refer to the museum by its full name of "National Palace Museum." (By Sabine Cheng, Y.F. Low, Flor Wang and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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