Taiwan, Japan museums reach historic agreement
CNＡTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Officials from Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM) and two Japanese national museums signed agreements in Taipei yesterday to lend their collections on a reciprocal basis for exhibitions in each other's countries.
October 17, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The agreements pave the way for NPM cultural treasures to be exhibited in an Asian country outside of Taiwan for the first time.
The museum has feared that China would lay claim to the museum's antiquities when exhibited in countries without anti-seizure laws, making it reluctant to send its pieces outside the country. Japan passed an anti-seizure law in 2011.
A total of 231 precious works from the NPM will be exhibited at the Tokyo National Museum next year from June 24 to Sept. 15 and at the Kyushu National Museum from Oct. 7 to Nov. 30, also next year, the NPM announced at a press conference.