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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

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