watanabe shinya on Tue, 17 Apr 2007 21:25:34 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> Announcing "Atomic Sunshine - Article 9 and Japan" related events

Dear friends and colleagues,

Hi, this is Shinya Watanabe, an independent curator and the chair of
Atomic Sunshine Exhibition Committee. How are you? I hope you are well.

Currently, I am curating an art exhibition "Into the Atomic Sunshine -
Post-War Art under Japanese Peace Constitution Article 9", This
exhibition focuses on the influence of Japanese Peace Constitution
Article 9 written by US occupied military after the war, and its
relationship with Japanese post-war art. Prior to this event, I am
organizing a panel discussion event at Asia Society in New York and
film screening event at New York University. To launch this whole
project, I created the website. So please take a look.


Especially this panel discussion event will be historically important,
because the real drafter of Japanese constitution as a part of US
occupied military will talk about what happened at that time, and on
the side of Japan, non-violent nationalist activist Kunio Suzuki will
ask some questions to American speakers regarding Japanese Peace
Constitution's peace clause.

Asia Society and Atomic Sunshine Exhibition Committee Presents:

Panel Discussion "Is a Peace Constitution Outdated? Japan Considers

Date: April 25th, 2007
Time: 6:00 - 6:30 registration; 6:30 - 8:30 discussion; 8:30 - 9:00
Location: New York Asia Society and Museum Rose Hall, 725 Park Ave, New

Beate Sirota Gordon
(Member of the Draft Committe of the Japanese Constitution, Former
Director of Performing Art, Film, Lectures of The Asia Society)

Kunio Suzuki
(Political Critic, Founder of a Nationalist Group "Issuikai(First
Wednesday Group)"

John Junkerman
(Documentary Filmmaker, Director of "Japan's Peace Constitution")

Frances Rosenbluth
(Professor of Political Science at Yale University, Specialist of
Japanese Economics)

Moderator: Carol Gluck (George Sansom Professor of Japanese History,
Columbia University)

Facing heightened global engagement, resurgent Japanese nationalism, and
the reality of a nuclear North Korea, Japan is considering taking steps
- for the first time in 60 years - to revise its Constitution to
abandon its unique peace clause adopted after World War II. Is this a
justified move? How would it affect Japan?s relationship with its
neighbors and the U.S.?

Cost: $10 members; $15 nonmembers
To buy ticket:


Documentary Film Screening

"Japan's Peace Constitution"

Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007 at 6PM - 8PM
Place: Einstein Auditorium at New York University Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street (Cross of East 9th and 10th Street, between 2nd and
3rd Ave)

*Before the screening of the film, NHK Japan's Documentary on Hiroshi
Sunairi's art project "Peace by Piece" will be played (10 minutes)

Directed by John Junkerman
Produced by Yamagami Tetsujiro
Camera by Otsu Koshiro
Music by Soul Flower Union
(Japanese, with English subtitles)
78 min, 2005

In 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II, the conservative
Japanese government is pressing ahead with plans to revise the nation's
constitution and jettison its famous no-war clause, Article 9. This
timely, hard-hitting documentary places the ongoing debate over the
constitution in an international context: What will revision mean to
Japan's neighbors, Korea and China? How has the US-Japan military
alliance warped the constitution and Japan's role in the world? How is
the unprecedented involvement of Japan's Self-Defense Force in the
occupation of Iraq perceived in the Middle East?

Director John Junkerman is an American filmmaker, living in Tokyo. His
first film, Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima, was coproduced with
John Dower and nominated for an Academy Award. His 2002 film, Power and
Terror:Noam Chomsky in Our Times, also produced by Siglo, received
widespread theatrical distribution in Japan, the US, and Europe.

This event is open to the public, and is a free event sponsored by NYU
and First Run Icarus Film.


The art exhibition "Into the Atomic Sunshine - Post-War Art under
Japanese Peace Constitution Article 9" will be held in June, and I will
keep you updated about this on the website.

I created the PDF press file for these events. So if you have press
mailing list, blog or so, please send this PDF file, or make a link to
this file.


Thank you very much, and I hope I can see you on April 25th at Asia


Shinya Watanabe
Independent Curator of Spiky Art

懐かしいマンガやアニメがてんこ盛り!反応したネタであなたの年代がわかる! http://livesushi.jp/

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