Media December 2010 / January 2011

Book Donation Plan Vetoed

A plan, proposed by the Japan Archaeological Association (JAA), to donate 56,000 books to a UK institute has been blocked after some association members objected, the Asahi Shimbun reported on 25 October.

Sainsbury’s Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures was the only place that agreed to accept the books, which were offered due to a lack of space and funds for storage.

But some JAA members have argued the books should become national treasures as they relate the history of, and tell about cultures in, Japan.