Taiwan artist, group listed for Japan’s Foreign Minister Commendations

Tokyo, Art scholar Lin Mun-lee (???) and a taiko drum group from Taiwan will each receive an award from Japan's foreign ministry in recognition of their efforts to promote friendly relations between the two countries and help build mutual understanding, according to the ministry.

Japan's list of Foreign Minister Commendations 2018, which was unveiled Wednesday, included the Taiwan Taiko Association and Lin, who is chairwoman of the National Culture and Arts Foundation and a professor at National Taipei University of Education.

Lin was cited for her efforts to expand cultural exchanges between Japan and Taiwan through art, while the taiko association was commended for its promotion of Japanese culture in Taiwan, according to a statement on the ministry's website.

Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums.

Lin graduated with a bachelor's degree in art from National Taiwan Normal University in 1976 and later went on to earn a master's and a doctorate degree in education at University of Tokyo.

She served as the director of National Palace Museum between 2006 and 2008 and head of Taipei Fine Arts Museum from 1996 to 2000.

Lin and the taiko association will receive the Japanese award on July 24 in Tokyo in recognition of their contribution to building friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and Taiwan, the Japan foreign ministry said on its website.

In a statement Wednesday, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association expressed gratitude to Lin and the taiko group, saying that their selfless devotion had helped to advance relations between the two countries.

The Foreign Minister Commendations are presented in Japan annually to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields, in acknowledgment of their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries and areas.

The commendations are also aimed at boosting public understanding of and support for the activities of the recipients, according to the ministry's statement.

This year, 205 individuals and 49 groups were listed, including Seki Kimi, advisor to the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Beitou Association who was cited for his promotion of Japanese culture in Taiwan, and Wakabyashi Masahiro, a professor at Waseda University's political science and economics department, for his promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel