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Exhibit fate hangs on TNM's efforts: NPM

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The National Palace Museum (NPM) yesterday released a statement saying that it will decide whether or not the planned Japanese exhibition will proceed after inspections on promotional publication replacement efforts by the Tokyo National Museum (TNM) have been carried out.

In an official statement, the NPM stated that the TNM is currently in the process of recalling and replacing promotional materials that violate the initial exhibition contract by failing to include the word "National" in front of the NPM's official title. Following a long negotiation, the TNM agreed to improve the situation.

Though the TNM has reportedly been replacing the posters, the NPM has stated that whether or not the Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei (台北國立故宮博物院─神品至寶展) exhibition will open still depends on the result of the TNM's improvements.

First Lady, NPM Staff Delay Visit to Japan

First lady Chow Mei-ching (周美青) and NPM Director Feng Ming-chu's (馮明珠) planned trip to Japan is also reported to have been delayed until further notice.

During a public appearance yesterday, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) stated that he supports Chow's decision to delay her trip to Japan. Stating that he believes Taiwan must not relent on an issue regarding national pride, Chu went on to say that he is very pleased to see that there's an overall consensus between the government and the people. Chu later said that he wishes for Japan to fulfill its end of the contract properly, and he hopes the entire situation can be resolved with a mutually beneficial outcome.

NPM spokesperson Chin Shih-hsien (金士先) also confirmed Feng's schedule change. Chin said that the delegation, which would have been led by Chow yesterday, has also delayed its travel plans. However, as the cancellation of the exhibition is yet to be decided, certain technical personnel have been deployed as of yesterday.

When asked if the scheduled opening today would go ahead as planned, Chin was quoted as saying that June 23 was the date set by the TNM, and they should know how long they need to accomplish the agreed-upon tasks ahead of NPM inspections. Whether or not the exhibit will open as planned rests entirely on the efforts of the TNM, said Chin.

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