Japanese TV boss receives top French honour

13th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 12 (AFP) - The head of Japan's NTV television network, Seiichiro Ujiie, was Wednesday inducted into France's hallowed Académie des Beaux-Arts -- a rare honour bestowed on very few foreigners.

PARIS, Oct 12 (AFP) - The head of Japan's NTV television network, Seiichiro Ujiie, was Wednesday inducted into France's hallowed Académie des Beaux-Arts -- a rare honour bestowed on very few foreigners.

The seat in the national fine arts academy recognised Ujie's contribution to culture, said the Institut de France, which oversees the body.

Ujie, 79, was received in a ceremony under the ornate dome of the institute, located on the Seine River opposite the Louvre museum.

NTV (the Nippon Television Network Corporation) financed the renovation of a room in the museum which now holds Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa painting.

In all, 15 foreigners fill a category of chairs at the Academie des Beaux-Arts reserved for non-French individuals deemed outstanding for their cultural works.

Others with the right to wear the Institut de France's traditional green gown include the Chinese-born US architect I.M. Pei, who designed the glass pyramid at the entrance to the Louvre, and the Russian violoncellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

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