Taiwan Cultural Center opens in new Tokyo location

Tokyo, June 12 (CNA) A relocation and opening ceremony for a new Taiwan Cultural Center was held Friday in an upmarket section of Tokyo, with more than 200 dignitaries in attendance. The Taiwan Cultural Center, originally named the Taipei Cultural Center, was inaugurated in Japan five years ago and operated through the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Tokyo. It was later relocated to near Tokyo's new landmark, the Toranomon Hills skyscraper. Taiwan's Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (???), addressing the opening ceremony, expressed hope that the center will attract more Japanese to want to get to know Taiwan. He noted that Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (???), whose "The Assassin" (???) has just won the best director award at the Cannes International Film Festival, said he was deeply influenced by Japanese director Akira Kurozawa's samurai films and the unique samurai life philosophy, which shows that the melting of Taiwanese and Japanese culture and esthetics is still continuing. Mitsuo Ohashi, head of the Interchange Association, expressed hope that the Taiwan Cultural Center can become a new platform for cultural exchanges between Taiwan and Japan, and that it will become a venue for exchanges between young people from Taiwan and Japan. Also attending the ceremony were Taiwan's representative to Japan Shen Ssu-tsun (???), Chu Wen-ching(???), director of the Taiwan Cultural Center, Takeo Hiranuma, head of the Japan-ROC Dietmen's Council, Japan-based Taiwanese go player Lin Hai-feng (???), and Japanese actress Chie Tanaka, who starred in Taiwan's popular film "Cape No. 7." (By Yang Ming-chu and Lilian Wu)