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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

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