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First lady not to attend NPM exhibition's opening ceremony in Tokyo
Central News Agency
2014-06-23 12:46 AM
Taipei, June 22 (CNA) Taiwan's first lady Chow Mei-ching will not attend the opening ceremony of an exhibition of National Palace Museum's (NPM's) collection Monday afternoon in Tokyo, NPM said in a news release late Sunday night. 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. But Taiwan threatened to cancel the unprecedented exhibition 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. 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." The Tokyo museum said that it has followed the agreement to use the full name, but it has no control over the media sponsors, because freedom of the press is involved. Yuji Kurihara, director of administration of the Tokyo museum, said the museum is dealing with the matter over the past few days, adding that "we really hope the exhibition could be held as scheduled." However, the NPM stressed that if the Tokyo National Museum could not clearly pledge to rectify the problem, the NPM would not attend any of the publicity events and the opening ceremony on June 23. NPM head Feng Ming-chu said in the release that "although she has felt the Tokyo museum's sincerity in correcting the mistakes, she will only decide to attend the opening ceremony after all the posters and advertising materials in question are replaced with correct ones by the small wee hours Monday." (By Liu Li-jung & Bear Lee)
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