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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

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