Your taxes: Funding EU haiku contests

The EU and Japan haved launched their fourth Japan-EU English language haiku contest. The theme? Rainbows.

The contest is open to the nationals of Japan and the EU member states (including Croatia; the same will apply hereinafter), who reside in Japan or the EU member states. The application period will be from June 3 to August 1.

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This contest is expected to build a bridge of friendship like rainbow which encourages more active people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the EU.

(Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)

Who knows why no-one else has picked up on this story. It's certainly a fascinating case study in how to spend taxpayer money. It probably has something to do with the EU President's love of Haiku:

Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, is a haiku poet who has published his own book of haiku poetry.