Japan and P.R.C. Agree to Cooperate on Stolen Cultural Property

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Friday, June 1, 2001
Bruce Zagaris
On April 17, 2001, the Miho Museum, a major new antiquities museum near Kyoto, announced that it would return one of its masterpieces, a rare Buddhist statue from the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.), which was stolen from Shandong Province, in 1994, and the incident has given rise to a series of cooperation on stolen cultural property between Japan and the P.R.C. On April 16, 2001, Miho administrators signed an agreement with Chinese cultural officials, which returns ownership of the beautiful 27 ½-inch stone carving of a standing Buddhist figure, known as a bodhisattva, to the Chinese Government without payment. The statue dates to the sixth century and is believed to be worth approximately 100 million yen, or about $830,000…[more]