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We, the undersigned, are writing to protest the Ashiya City's plan to privatize or sell or close the Ashiya City Museum of Art and History.

Since its opening in 1991, the museum has been instrumental in promoting Japanese modern and contemporary art as well as preserving Ashiya's local history. It has, however, always had an impact beyond the local, extending into the international. The museum has been a crucial voice in articulating a place for Japanese modern and contemporary art on the world stage by functioning as the archive and international center of academic research for Gutai, the foremost avant-garde art movement of post-1945 Japan.

We adamantly oppose Ashiya City's plan to privatize or sell or close this museum. Ashiya City will be harming its international reputation as a cultural city by closing the city's most active cultural institution. By silencing or crippling the Ashiya City Museum of Art and History's ability to disseminate information and scholarship about the Gutai, the city will also be squandering one of the most powerful tools of cultural diplomacy that has projected the image of Japan as a dynamic, creative, modern and international culture: the Gutai.

We implore Ashiya City to find an alternative to save the museum and its current functions intact. In its process of restructuring, Ashiya City should reexamine its priorities and acknowledge the importance of the Ashiya City Museum in putting the city on the world map and its critical role as the custodian of Gutai history.

We strongly urge Ashiya City to give serious consideration to this statement and sincerely hope that the city will reconsider its plans for the Ashiya City Museum of Art and History.

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Mayor of Ashiya, Ashiya City Council, and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (Monbu Kagaku sho)

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