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. 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Panel Discussion "Is a Peace Constitution Outdated?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 Rearmament"
Date: April 25th, 2007 Time: 6:00 - 6:30 registration; 6:30 - 8:30 discussion; 8:30 - 9:00 reception Location: New York Asia Society and Museum Rose Hall, 725 Park Ave, New York
Panelists: 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: http://asiasociety.org/events/calendar.pl?rm=detail&eventid=16484&date=4/25/07&filter_region=0&filter_category=5&keywords
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.
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 Society.
Shinya Watanabe Independent Curator of Spiky Art http://spikyart.org 1-646-234-6662
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