An annual music program featuring renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa as artistic director will start in March 2005 as part of efforts to make Tokyo a major global center of the arts.

Ozawa and Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara jointly announced Thursday that the program, Tokyo Opera Nomori — a name drawn from an area in Ueno Park known as Ueno no Mori (Ueno Forest) — will be held at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

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