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Taiwan-Japan museum dispute settled

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Japan should accommodate Taiwan's request. After all the Taiwanese love Japan and the Chinese already hate them with no end in sight.

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Japanese pwople lost a rare chance to view the valuable Chinese ancient artifact and now First Lady is not coming. Very friendly Taiwan.

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For once i agree with ossan...a bit of admin effort to accomodate the Taiwanese side is worth it.

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Taiwan has been a nice neighbor to Japan. Japanese media is very incentive.

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I smell something other than a wrong name on posters which could be changed to accommodate the Taiwanese. Is the growing stength around Taiwan by China swaying them somehow? Just a thought.

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It's a shame when relations between the two 'nations' have been so good.

Taiwanese are positive towards Japan for complicated reasons, not and certainly not because Japan was particularly good or kind to them, far from it, it's more that compared to repressive and severe Chinese rule the Japanese were a better deal. So the best of two evils. Taiwanese never wanted Japan to take them over and we're treated as second class citizens like many of Britain's early colonies.

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This is BIG news in Taiwan right now. People are very upset and offended. I think it's unfounded, though - from what I can tell, this is a problem between two museums, not two countries. The Taipei and Tokyo museums made an agreement and terms (and a contract, I presume), and Tokyo's museum broke those terms, so Taipei's museum has every reason to be upset and cancel things. But I don't think it should be turned into a national issue, as seems to be happening in Taiwan.

Poor Taiwan. Great country, amazing people, one of my favorite places to visit. Yet they're doomed to have a lack of support...every other country is too afraid of upsetting China to recognize Taiwan.

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It's completely political. The present regime in power within Taiwan is seeking reunification with mainland(not with the CCP) so the name National creates a sticking point from a diplomatic stand point.

If Taiwan was to shed those ambitions then Japan would probably support Taiwan's re-introduction to the international community with open arms.

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This is BIG news in Taiwan right now. People are very upset and offended

Where is Abe's Commie Mainland antagonising uyoku friends when Japan's friends DO appreciate their attitude?

Tokyo can engage in a highly contentious territorial dispute with Beijing but can't help improve the Taiwanese people's national esteem that's being challenged by Beijing. Not cool : (

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SamuraiBlue: "The present regime in power within Taiwan is seeking reunification with mainland(not with the CCP) so the name National creates a sticking point from a diplomatic stand point."

That doesn't even make any sense. If that were true the current 'regime' in Taiwan would have no problem with the name change from 'National Museum'. It is political, but it's political in that Japan changed the name on the poster to kow-tow to Beijing and their view that Taiwan is not an independent nation. In any case, Japan signed a contract stating explicitly that it would use one name, but used another.

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smithinjapan

It doesn't make sense to you but that is not world's perception since Taiwan around the world is recognized as a region and not a nation. There are only 23 nations that recognizes Taiwan as a nation so to other nations labeling their museum as "National" becomes a sticking point to many nations with PRC breathing down their necks.

Get off your Japan bashing saddle sometime and smell the coffee. Japan recognize and abides international law and treaties unlike some nations that continuously back steps treaties and laws to spike another nation.

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Childish games. The way Asian countries posture in this region is quite pathetic and really childish. Taiwan, get over it. Tokyo Museum, you signed a contract, fulfil it and stop being sly about it.

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SamuraiBlue: "It doesn't make sense to you but that is not world's perception since Taiwan around the world is recognized as a region and not a nation."

No, your comment literally did not make sense and was contradictory. You talked about this being a pro-China regime and you back it up by saying THAT is why they are shunning the visit to Japan over a name change that would insinuate Taiwanese independence?

"Get off your Japan bashing saddle sometime and smell the coffee."

Not Japan bashing to point out the reneged on a contract, my friend:

"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."

"Japan recognize and abides international law and treaties..."

Sure they do, sure they do. Shame they can't abide by contracts and promises.

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All of the posters I have seen at train stations etc. have the term "national" (国立). I have not seen any adds without this word. I want to go, so I hope this takes place as normal. If there are such posters, please say it was a printer's error.

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I love Taiwan's Gugong and am looking forward to the exhibit of the best Chinese artifacts in the whole world!

Taiwan is an independent, democratic, liberal country populated by polite, considerate and hardworking people. It is my pride to count a lot of Taiwanese as friends.

I am sad that you have a big bully pointing a lot of missiles at you and preparing for an invasion. I am doubly sad that Japan and the world has not seen fit to give Taiwan de jure status as a state. This mistake is a shame for democracy everywhere.

I am tripley sad that you only have your own strength and your own wits and guile to preserve your way of life and political system from being overwhelmed by the totalitarian bully across the straits. In an ideal world, the TWA would be worded stronger, Japan would pledge a formal alliance, and Asian democracies would give you diplomatic support. But until that day, stay strong and resolute.

Also, please start/continue to care about Tiananmen: The events 25 years ago might have happened to another country, but what happens to that other country has profound impact on what happens to yours.

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In the past China has made a HUGE song and dance about how Japan treats Taiwan. It has happened so many times in the past that the J government has an allergic reaction whenever something crops up that just might be offensive to the mainland Chinese government. I can imagine that pressure was exerted from behind the scenes on the museum to exclude the word 'National'. If it came from within the museum, however, then you can bet they were afraid of providing ammunition for China to hit the J govt yet again. Unusually, China seems to have said nothing, so far.

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The Tokyo National Museum did follow the agreement and used the full name on all its official posters and invitations. Where the Museum fell down on the job was in ensuring that the media co-sponsors complied with the terms. The ad posters that failed to include the word "National" were prepared by a media entity comprised of media such as NHK, the Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun. It is unclear to me whether the Museum failed to communicate the terms of the contract to the media and follow up, or if the media understood the terms but opted on their own to use the old name to avoid what they imagined would be a complaint by the PRC (since PRC claims to own Taiwan and the Penghus). If the latter, the media should have said up front it could not comply with Taiwan's terms and quickly withdrawn sponsorship. Then it would be left to the Museum to be sole sponsor -- if it could afford it..

I'm glad to learn just now that the Museum has managed to fix the poster ads and apparently the show will go on. That said, I think President Ma's reaction to this issue ("Taiwan's dignity has been hurt") was staged or the benefit of the many Taiwanese who feel Ma is selling out Taiwan's interests to the PRC.

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Nandakandamanda: wrong. They've at least twice let former Taiwanese president in for treatment in Japan despite China's demands they do not, and allowed the Dalai Lama to come and speak. This is minor by comparison, but it means a literal political statement so they shied away.

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I'm glad they fixed the problem. Solutions seem to be in short supply these days, and it's nice to hear that this problem, at least, was solved.

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Taiwan is important for its aboriginal people - Japanese and all Polynesians have ancestral roots in Taiwan. I want to see the exhibition but I hope it emphasises the very unique aboriginal heritage more than the Chinese immigrants.

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@WhirledPeas

The ad posters that failed to include the word "National" were prepared by a media entity comprised of media such as NHK, the Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun

So all this is actually the result of Japan news media, another proof that most media in Japan are has pro-China and pro-Korea attitude .

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Nice. :)

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Good.

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