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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

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