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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

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