It can be said unequivocally that the Japanese are a generous clan and appreciate art not only from their own perspective. It is a growing respect that Bulgaria has for the Japanese who also are investing in many businesses in Bulgaria as well. This all does well for their standing and relationship with Bulgaria as a whole. Looking at the receivers of the funds in the past, they are all worthy of the funds apart from perhaps Bulgarian National Television.
The Japanese government is to donate equipment worth 46.5 million Japanese yen (346 239 euro) to Bulgaria's National Gallery of Art.
The donation would be used towards the acquisition of restoration and audio-visual equipment, Bulgarian news agency BTA quoted a media statement from the gallery as saying.
In the form of annual donations, Japan has given more than $7 million to various cultural, educational, sport and media government institutions in Bulgaria since 1991, BTA said.
Recipients of Japanese donations included Bulgarian National Television, the Bulgarian Judo Federation, the Boyana church, the National Library, the National Theatre, the National Music Academy, the National Gallery for Foreign Art, the National Institute for Monuments of Culture, the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Palace of Culture, the Sofia National Opera and Ballet, the museum of the Archaeological Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Bulgarian National Radio symphony orchestra, and a museum for Thracian art in the Eastern Rhodopes, near the village of Alexandrov.