TAIPEI--Treasured antiquities from Taiwan's National Palace Museum will tour Japan between June and September 2014.
The plan was announced March 19 by Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou during a meeting here with Takeo Hiranuma, a Lower House member from Japan heading a lawmakers' delegation to promote exchanges with Taiwan.
It would be the first such tour of ancient artifacts and artworks in Japan.
The Tokyo National Museum will be the primary venue for the exhibition. Tours of other Japanese cities have yet to be decided, although there have been calls for the exhibition to be held in an area hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The Palace Museum in Taipei has a permanent collection of some 680,000 artifacts--porcelain, paintings, calligraphy and artworks--most of them derived from collections of Chinese imperial courts from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) dynasties.
Since 1996, it has held exhibitions in the United States, France, Germany and Austria.
"It is my hope that the exhibition, the first to be shown overseas in Asia, will be a huge success," Ma told Hiranuma and other delegation members.
Ma also said he hopes that an exhibition of Japanese art rarities would be held in Taiwan.
An exhibition in Japan of Taipei's treasures has been a longstanding bilateral issue because the government of China could ask to seize the collection on grounds that the majority of items originally came from Beijing.
A law was enacted in Japan a year ago to protect the public exhibition of art treasures from overseas, thereby safeguarding any collections from seizure.
As far as Taiwan is concerned, the law eliminated all obstacles to staging an exhibition in Japan.
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