Rare Louvre exhibition opens in disaster-hit Iwate


The Iwate Museum of Art is hosting a traveling exhibition from the Louvre Museum, the first stop on a tour around the three prefectures worst hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The exhibition in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, is showcasing 23 art objects from the Paris museum’s collection under the theme of “encounter” through June 6, hoping to lift the spirits of disaster victims and send a message of support and solidarity.

The exhibition will next move to The Miyagi Museum of Art in Sendai, and then to the Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art in the city of Fukushima.

“This kind of exhibition by the Louvre Museum is rare. I sensed their eagerness to stage it as the plan was realized very quickly,” said Masakatsu Ono, chief curator at the Iwate Museum of Art.

The ¥400 admission fee will be waived for disaster victims.

“We have long-standing relations with Japan and we wanted to tell the victims of the disaster that we are with them,” Louvre Director Henri Loyrette said during a speech to around 150 people at the exhibition’s opening Friday.

Disaster seminar floated


Environment Ministry officials are in talks with their Chinese and South Korean counterparts about holding a trilateral seminar on the lessons of the 2011 disasters, according to sources.

The ministry hopes to use the seminar to explain Japan’s plans for disposing of tsunami debris, and its decontamination efforts to clean up radioactive fallout from the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the sources said.

Ministry officials are currently discussing a proposal to stage the event in Japan this year with Beijing and Seoul, in hopes it will serve as a forum for officials and experts from the three countries to exchange opinions.