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First lady to visit Japan after earlier postponement (update)
Central News Agency
2014-07-28 09:24 PM
Taipei, July 28 (CNA) The wife of President Ma Ying-jeou, Chow Mei-ching, is scheduled to visit Japan in early August, a Presidential Office spokeswoman announced Monday, after a previously planned visit was called off over a naming row involving the exhibition of a National Palace Museum (NPM) collection in Tokyo. Chow will go to Japan as the honorary leader of the Vox Nativa children's choir, said spokeswoman Ma Wei-kuo. Chow is scheduled to visit the Tokyo National Museum on Aug. 3 to see its collections of Japanese art and three precious Chinese paintings from the Song Dynasty (960-1279), NPM Director Fung Ming-chu told reporters Monday. On Aug. 4, the first lady will attend a preview of new exhibits from the NPM at the Tokyo museum that is reserved for journalists, art experts and other guests, Fung said. Guests there will be able to see the second batch of rare Chinese paintings and calligraphies from the NPM that will be put on display at the Tokyo museum from Aug. 5 to Sept. 15. The "Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei" exhibition opened June 24 at the Tokyo National Museum and will run until Sept. 15. Vox Nativa, a Taiwanese non-profit, said in a press release that its children choir made up of aboriginal children from across the island will give a performance during the preview. The group will also give a full concert Aug. 1 and Aug. 3, the last day of an international children's choral festival at Showa Women's University in Tokyo. Chow previously led the Vox Nativa children's choir on a visit to San Francisco in July 2013. The first lady had planned to attend the opening ceremony of the NPM exhibition at the Tokyo museum on June 23, but her trip was canceled after some posters publicizing the exhibition failed to include the word "national" in the NPM's official title. The Tokyo National Museum apologized and replaced the posters, which were the responsibility of the exhibition's media sponsors and not the Tokyo museum itself, but the measures were not taken in time for Chow to go ahead with the visit. (By Kelven Huang, Jay Chen and Christie Chen)
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