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New Japanese envoy to take up post next month

Staff writer, with CNA

The new Japanese representative to Taiwan is set to formally take up his post next month, Japan’s Interchange Association said.

Mikio Numata is expected to arrive in Taiwan late next month, the association said.

Numata is to succeed Sumio Tarui, who has been posted in Taiwan since 2012, as the head of the association’s Taipei office when the latter returns to Japan in the middle of next month, the association said.

The 64-year-old Numata has served as ambassador to Myanmar and has been posted at Japan’s consulate general in Hong Kong. He is familiar with cross-strait affairs and is expected to further strengthen Japanese ties with Taiwan.

The association called the new appointment a normal personnel rotation, downplaying media speculation that the change was related to the recent row over publicity materials that omitted the word “national” from the name of the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei, which erupted just days before a first-of-its kind exhibit of the museum’s treasures in Tokyo.

On Wednesday, Japanese Deputy Representative Izuru Hanaki said he believes the name row has not impacted bilateral ties.

NPM Director Fung Ming-chu (馮明珠) said the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday brought a record 8,086 visitors to the Tokyo National Museum.

On Monday, Masami Zeniya, executive director of the Tokyo museum, estimated the number at close to 6,000, enough to break the opening day attendance record for any exhibit at the museum.

Fung said more than 11,000 publications and pieces of National Palace Museum merchandise are on sale at the Tokyo exhibition, which she estimates could generate revenue of up to NT$28 million (US$933,580).

The exhibition will run through Sept. 15, but the Jadeite Cabbage will only be displayed during the exhibition’s first two weeks until July 7.

The exhibition will move to the Kyushu National Museum from Oct. 7 to Nov. 30.

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