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Tokyo exhibition put on hold, first lady postpones visit
Central News Agency
2014-06-22 12:40 AM
Taipei, June 22 (CNA) The National Palace Museum (NPM) said late Saturday in a statement it will make a final decision on whether to stage 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 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.

Taipei, which sees the ommission of "national" as a denigration of its dignity, demanded that Japan resolve the problem by midnight Saturday or it will cancel the exhibition and visit to Japan by Chow. (By Sabine Cheng, Y.F. Low, Flor Wang and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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