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Poster row: Taiwan's first lady postpones Japan visit over name change

Published on Jun 22, 2014 5:48 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's first lady has postponed a rare visit to Japan after a diplomatic row over the wording of posters promoting the island's exhibition in Tokyo of treasured artefacts.

Ms Chow Mei-ching, wife of President Ma Ying-jeou, was to leave Sunday for Monday's opening of the exhibition, at which hundreds of artefacts and artworks from the Taipei National Palace Museum would have gone on display in Japan for the first time.

The Taipei museum has said the Tokyo National Museum guaranteed in a contract that the lender's full name would be used and that the word "national" would not be omitted in promotional posters and tickets.

But less than a week before the opening, the Taipei museum said the Tokyo museum had failed to use the word "national" on many of its posters and tickets.

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