Foreign ministry denies reports that first lady will visit nuclear disaster victims (2014/05/01)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refuted reports that first lady Chow Mei-ching will visit nuclear disaster victims during her trip to Japan next month. Chow will instead focus on cultural exchanges as part of a landmark loan of artifacts from the National Palace Museum. 

On June 23, Taiwanese first lady Chow Mei-ching will go to Japan to attend the opening of an exhibit featuring artifacts from the National Palace Museum. It is the first time the museum is loaning its treasures to Japan. According to reports, as part of the visit, Chou was also going to travel to a nuclear disaster zone to examine rebuilding progress.

The area within a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi plant remains a restricted zone, with only a few sections reopened for residents to return to their homes. Visitations are not easy, and according to officials, Chow will not be making one.

Anna Kao
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not planned any such itinerary. These reports are inaccurate, and (Chow’s trip) is unrelated to nuclear safety. National Palace Museum is still planning the itinerary for the loaning of artifacts.

Taiwan and Japan have good relations, but without official diplomatic relations, the trip will be low key. Since becoming first lady, it is the fifth visit by Chou to an unofficial ally, after having previously traveled to the United States and Europe in her capacity as honorary leader of the Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Cultural Group and ambassador for World Vision.





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