Japan’s prime minister donates $1 million to Smithsonian


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that he will be donating $1 million to the Smithsonian’s Asian art museums during his visit to D.C. During a private soirée Wednesday night, Abe stated that Japan’s government will give $1 million to the Freer Gallery of Art and Sackler Gallery. The money will support the museums’ Japanese art programs. Abe added that his government wants to support activities that promote Japanese artwork and friendly exchanges between the U.S. and Japan. Julian Raby, the director of the Freer and Sackler galleries, will be awarded the prestigious “Order of the Rising Sun.” That is one of Japan’s most coveted honors for achievements in international relations, culture and the environment. The Sackler Gallery is making preparations for a major exhibition this year on Japanese artist, calligrapher, and illustrator Tawaraya Sotatsu.


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