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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

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