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First lady to visit Japan following postponement

TAIPEI -- The wife of President Ma Ying-jeou, Chow Mei-ching (周美青), 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 collection in Tokyo.

Chow will go to Japan as the honorary leader of Vox Nativa children's choir, said spokeswoman Ma Wei-kuo.

During the visit, the first lady will attend a program at the Tokyo National Museum, Ma said, without giving any dates for her visit.

According to Vox Nativa, a nonprofit organization that founded the aboriginal children's choir, the program at the Tokyo museum — a preview of new exhibits from the National Palace Museum (NPM, 國立故宮博物院) — will take place Aug. 4.

The choir will give a performance during the preview, Vox Nativa said in a press release.

The group will give a full concert Aug. 1 and also perform on Aug. 3, the last day of an international children's choral festival at Showa Women's University in Tokyo.

Chow led 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 exhibition of NPM artifacts at the Tokyo National Museum 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 ordered not by the museum but by the exhibition's media sponsors, but the measures were not taken in time for Chow to go ahead with the visit.

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In this undated file photo, first lady Chow Mei-ching (周美青) stands with the Taiwan Vox Nativa Children's Choir (TVNCC) as their guest of honor. The TVNCC will perform at the Kamijina treasure exhibition in Japan, which exhibited the artwork of the National Palace Museum. (CNA)

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