Revelation of Fraudulent Judging in Calligraphy Section at the Nitten

years:October 2013

On October 30, the Calligraphy section at the Nitten, which invites the public to send in entries for a Nitten exhibition, had been rigged to allocate the winners to the leading groups, according to a source close to the matter. In 2009, the head of the jury allegedly showed a jury member in charge of the seal-cutting division an allocation list where the specific number of entries and winners from the leading groups were written and instructed the jury member to decide the number of winners according to the instruction. It resulted in the organizer of the Nitten to cancel their selection of the Prime Minister’s Prize and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize, the two highest prizes for the 45th Nitten exhibition, which began on November 1. The Agency for Cultural Affairs withdrew its support, and FURUTANI Sōin, a leading figure in the calligraphy world and a Nitten advisor, resigned from his role. On November 7, an investigation committee was launched and submitted its report on December 5, confirming the facts of the fraud. (Japanese)

created: 27/10/2021
modified: 15/02/2023 (Update History)
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