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