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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

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