Japanese Embassy Pulls Approval For Art Exhibit

Japanese embassy pulls approval for art exhibit

The Japanese embassy in Austria has withdrawn its recognition of a commemorative art exhibition in Vienna, explaining that it does not match the purpose of promoting bilateral friendship.

The exhibition has been held since late September as one of the programs to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Austria.

The Japanese embassy authorized the exhibition in January. But it says it cancelled its official recognition as of October 30.

The exhibition includes video footage of a man posing as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking on various historical issues.

It also includes works on the theme of the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The Japanese government has not provided any funds for the event. The exhibition will continue although its official logo with the name of Japan on it will no longer be used.

The sponsor said none of the artworks in the exhibition were intended to offend anyone and that the aim was to raise topics in Europe that are seen as taboo in Japan.