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