Museum corrects speaker
The National Palace Museum, which will hold an exhibition in Japan next year, said yesterday the list of items to be displayed is still under discussion. Museum officials made the announcement after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said during a visit to Japan that the museum would lend its famed Jadeite Cabbage with Insects and its Meat-shaped Stone to the Tokyo National Museum for the exhibition in June next year. The National Palace Museum said the Japanese museum has also requested a Song Dynasty painting titled Early Spring. However, officials said at a press conference that the painting would not be sent to Japan because it is too delicate to make the trip, adding it also needs to have further discussions about sending the Jadeite Cabbage with Insects and the Meat-shaped Stone, as they are the museum’s most precious artifacts. The two museums are also working on an exchange exhibition in Taiwan in 2017 that the National Palace Museum hopes will showcase the development of Japanese art.
Quakes jolt eastern Taiwan
A magnitude 4.0 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 5:12pm on Thursday, the fourth temblor of magnitude 4 or greater in less than 24 hours in the area, the Central Weather Bureau reported. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Hualien County’s Jhuosi Township (卓溪) at a depth of 10.8km, bureau officials said. The strongest tremors were felt in Taitung County’s Chihshang Township (池上). Between 10:30pm on Wednesday and midnight Thursday three other earthquakes, of magnitude 4.6, 4.7 and 4.1, were recorded in Hualien. The quakes, all very shallow, were centered in Hualien’s Shoufeng Township (壽豐), the bureau said.