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NPM exhibition on as Tokyo museum issues apology
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-23 03:31 PM
The exhibition of the National Palace Museum’s (NPM) ‘Jade Cabbage’ is slated to open as scheduled Tuesday in Tokyo after the Tokyo National Museum (TNM) issued a formal apology Monday afternoon for publicity materials which had omitted the word “National” from the museum’s name and substituted “Taipei” instead. The museum’s letter to the NPM said the Japanese organizers of the exhibition were "very sorry" for the mix-up and offered their apologies to the people of Taiwan.

NPM director Feng Ming-chu said Monday that she has accepted the apology from the museum, stressing that the most important thing in this incident is honesty between friends. She said she regretted that the oversight had almost destroyed the friendship NPM has enjoyed with the Tokyo institution and thanked the museum for its letter.

Staffers from the TNM reportedly were busy over the past few days printing out corrections and pasting them onto posters announcing the exhibition, in particular large posters displayed in 46 Japan Railroad stations in the Tokyo area.

The delay caused by the dispute over the NPM name means that First Lady Christina Chow, who originally was set to lead the Taiwan delegation to the opening ceremony Tuesday, will not be present for the first-day formalities. The delegation will be headed instead by Director Feng of the NPM.

Feng had said on Sunday that TNM assured her that the mislabeled posters were being corrected and that she took the museum for their word. She therefore notified NPM technicians on hand in Tokyo to proceed with preparations for the exhibition in order to be ready by the scheduled opening time on Tuesday.

Feng said the error in naming was caused by lax oversight and regretted that the controversy had put a pall on preparatory work for the exhibition. She added that the people of Taiwan have acted in good faith in setting up for the display and expected the same from Japan.

Feng added that she would be attending an opening reception for the exhibition Monday evening and will also meet students from several counties that were affected by the 311 earthquake and disaster in northeast Japan three years ago.

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