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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

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