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Triennale ends, but concerns about freedom of expression linger

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16.10.2019

The Aichi Triennale 2019 international art festival ended on Oct. 14, after hundreds of angry phone calls and even threats of violence forced the temporary closure of one of the exhibits, “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’”

However, the exhibit was reopened one week before the festival’s closing. Although attendance was restricted to people who won lotteries for tickets to the exhibit, we applaud the organizers for defying undue pressure.

What transpired has underscored the extremely precarious state of freedom of expression in Japan today. A continued examination and measures are needed to protect this freedom.

A furor erupted almost as soon as the Triennale opened on Aug. 1, sparked by “critics” who hadn’t even seen the exhibit in question nor assessed the artists’ intentions but acted on fragmented information.

Certain politicians, including Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, added fuel to the fire by fussing over superficial matters to attack the........

© The Asahi Shimbun