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Contemporary art fundamentally opposes war.
Thus, I oppose Japan’s new security legislation.

War creates separation between “we” and “enemies”.

Who are the “enemies” considered as a danger?
What are the profiles of these “enemies,” made into targets for unmanned aerial combat vehicles?
Where do the “enemies” in a state of war come from?
Who really are the “enemies,” positioned as evil to outside of the society?
The imagination of art goes to these “enemies”.

Time and time again, the history of art has praised war.
Not just as a result of unconditional obedience to orders.
A desire for war always lies in humans, which makes mankind’s extinction a superior aesthetic pleasure — “war is beautiful.”
An imperfect animal that senses “élan vital” in battles and killings, humans make war a spectacle.
On the monitor is a war taking place in a “far country”, giving no actual sense of violence and death.
Once distant from it, everyday life continues to go on, as if “the war did not take place”.

On the other hand, art has portrayed each person’s singular death that occurs in war.
It has conveyed how murderous actions thoroughly destroy the human mind.
It has expressed painful memories that afflict the future over many generations.
It has converted the emotion of violence and revenge, which would lead to war, into “lyrical terrorism”.

War creates separation between “we” and “enemies”.

In the midst of dichotomization between justice and evil, “barbarians”, who threaten the nation’s existence, are created.
Divisions, discrimination and dichotomies between different nationals, civilizations, cultures, races, economies and religions.
That is where a collective called “we” arises, automatizing the system of censorship and self-censorship.
The imagination of art goes to “we”.

Japan bears a future to be a neutral country that realizes high-level peace negotiations by thrusting into the thick of grudges, hatred and antagonism.
Proactive contribution to peace can be achieved by strategically taking advantage of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution.
This must be a historical necessity based on remorse over World War II.

There are unbreakable contracts with the past.
Contemporary art thus fundamentally opposes war.

Signed

Atsuko Nozaki
Hiromi Takai
Aisuke Kondo
Satoshi Uchiumi
Yohei Tomooka
Shigeo Arikawa
Masaki Nakayama
Masami Kondo
Toichiro Tanaka
Fumio Inoue
Hiroki Yamamoto
Koki Tanaka
Yukiko Nagakura
Jun Miyagi
Migiwa Orimo
Ryo Fujii
Kosuke Hatano
Hanae Utamura
Hiroshi Sunairi
Toru Koyamada
Michiko Tsuda
Satoshi Koganezawa
Natsuko Kurashige
Yuri Shirasaka
Koichi Tanibe
Rika Aki
Vincent Vandaele
Meiro Koizumi
Rumiko Hagiwara
Yusuke Mitsufuji
Yuka Tokuyama
Kazuhito Tanaka
Keiko Goto
Yuki Okumura
Ken Sasaki
Sachiyo Honda
Satoshi Hashimoto
Kazuhiko Yoshizaki
Satoshi Otsuka
Manabu Takano
Yuki Harada
Jun Kawada
Hitoshi Mori
Kaz. Sakurada
NAKAJIMA Yuta
Hikaru Fujii
Hiroshi Sugawara
Ayako Osanai
Yoshio Shirakawa
Katsuhiro Saiki
Shiro Masuyama
Kokatsu Reiko
ON megumi Akiyoshi
Yayoi Yoshizawa
Keiji Saito
Emi Endo
Jun Yang
Satoshi Nakashima
Megumi Shimizu
Yaegashi Yoshihi
meosai
Tamaki Kawaguchi
Jun Fukae
Naoya Fujita
Shiigi Shizune
Kaori Homma
Hajime Nariai
Yasuto Masumoto
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