To whom it may concern in regards to the decision to withhold planned subsidies for the Aichi Triennale international art festival by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Regarding the Agency for Cultural Affair’s recent decision to withhold planned subsidies for the Aichi Triennale International Art Festival, we hereby declare our collective concern and urge others who share the concern to send messages to both Ryohei Miyata (Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs) Koichi Hagiuda (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) in different formats, including written complaints, letters or critical jokes, predictions of future.
While Refreedom_Aichi has gained much support, we would like to ask people to share their personal views directly with these individuals in addition to signing the petition. This would help present diverse perspectives and nuanced opinions to the decision makers, and signal the significant societal impact of the decision. We encourage anyone interested in this issue to join us in this endeavour.
This call is intended for not only artists but also students, engineers, art festival staff, spectators, designers, poets, theater staff and actors, media artists, performers, film industry people, architects, animators or writers, critiques, curators, lawyers, people involved in various cultural activities, and above all, members of the public who are aware of the criticality of this situation. Its impact is by no means limited to the arts, and cannot be overlooked merely as an administrative / institutional procedure. In order to address complex challenges of today and create a better and inclusive future, ensuring that individual voices are heard by the Agency for Cultural Affairs is necessary.
October 3, 2019 Callers:
Ryota Kuwakubo, Yoshitomo Nara, Hikaru Toda, Tomoko Shimizu, Shiho Fukuhara, Natsuko Oodate, Koki Tanaka
Subsidy review member quits over cut funds to Aichi art festival , The Asahi Shimbun, http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201910030053.html (Last viewed October 6, 2019)
Aichi art festival won't receive state subsidy after controversy over 'comfort women' exhibit, The Japan Times News, https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/26/national/no-grants-art-festival-c omfort-women/ (Last viewed October 6, 2019)
Aichi Triennale exhibition may trigger legal battle, NHK World Japan, https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/backstories/699/ (Last viewed October 6, 2019)
Statement from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, http://www.bunka.go.jp/koho_hodo_oshirase/hodohappyo/1421672.html (Last viewed October 6, 2019, written in Japanese)
October 6, 2019, written in Japanese)
Call for Petitions by Refreedom_Aichi, http://chng.it/Yzk4THLQfv (Last viewed
October 6, 2019, written in Japanese)
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To Koichi Hagiuda, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Ryohei Miyata, Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs
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