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Monday, September 02, 2019, 14:00 - 15:00

"Organizers Seek to Revive Scrapped 'Non-Freedom of Expression Exhibition"


Organizer of "After ‘Freedom of Expression?" at the Aichi triennale

Hiroyuki Arai
Critique on art, (sub) culture and social problem
Yuka Okamoto
Toshimaru Ogura

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.


This month, organizers of the Aichi Triennale 2019 international art exhibition in Nagoya made international headlines when, after threats from mostly conservatives and right wingers, including politicians, they agreed to remove a couple of works, including a statue of a Korean girl representing those who were forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II and a video showing a burning portrait of the late Emperor Hirohito. Nagoya mayor Takashi Kawamura said the "comfort woman" statue "trampled on the hearts of Japanese people" and should not be displayed at a publicly financed event. An anonymous fax message threatened to burn down the venue with gasoline.

But the organizers of the event – titled "After ‘Freedom of Expression?'" in English and the "Non-Freedom of Expression Exhibition" in Japanese – are seeking to restore the 16-entry side exhibition at the festival, and fighting against what they call the "largest case of censorship in post-war Japan."

Three members of the organizing committee, critics and writers specializing in art, culture and social issues, will speak at FCCJ amid a growing international outcry against the alleged censorship and as an increasing number of festival participants threaten to withdraw their works in protest.


Doors open for TV crew only at 13:15, all others at 13:30. Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. Livestreaming of press conferences are available on our website(

*Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations to attend. FCCJ members, including TV cameras, will have priority for the reservation and seating/setting positions and one TV camera for affiliate networks.

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