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First lady to visit Japan

Staff writer, with CNA

First lady Chow Mei-ching, center, poses with people during a Ministry of Health and Welfare media event in Taipei yesterday, promoting a walkathon event for seniors to be held on Sept. 27.

Photo: CNA

First lady Chow Mei-ching (周美青) is scheduled to visit Japan next month, a Presidential Office spokeswoman announced yesterday, 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 the Vox Nativa children’s choir, spokeswoman Ma Wei-kuo (馬瑋國) said.

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 non-profit organization that founded the Aboriginal children’s choir, the program at the Tokyo museum — a preview of new exhibits from the National Palace Museum — will take place on Monday next week.

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

The group is to give a full concert on Friday and also perform on Sunday, the last day of an international children’s choral festival at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo.

Chow led the Vox Nativa children’s choir on a visit to San Francisco in July last year.

The first lady had planned to attend the opening ceremony of the exhibition of National Palace Museum artifacts at the Tokyo National Museum on June 23, but her trip was canceled after some posters publicizing the exhibition failed to include the word “national” in the Taipei museum’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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