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Group Collecting Signatures to Recall Aichi Gov. over Art Event

  • August 25, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 3:51 p.m.
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Nagoya, Aug. 25 (Jiji Press)–A political group launched a campaign on Tuesday to collect signatures to recall Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura over his actions in regard to a controversial exhibition in the Aichi Triennale 2019 international art festival in central Japan.

Katsuya Takasu, director of Takasu Clinic for cosmetic surgery, who heads the group, finds it problematic that public money was used to fund the exhibition, which featured artworks including a video in which an image of the late Japanese Emperor Hirohito, posthumously called Emperor Showa, was burned. Omura chaired the executive committee for the art festival.

Omura used tax paid by Aichi people for something that made them unhappy, Takasu told reporters in Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.

This is a “problem that shakes the foundation of democracy,” Takasu said.

The signature campaign will be conducted for two months from Tuesday.

According to the Aichi prefectural election administration committee, a referendum to ask whether Omura should resign will be held if the signatures of some 860,000 or more of the prefecture’s 6.12 million voters are collected. In a referendum, Omura could be dismissed if over half of voters support his recall.

“Making remarks that aren’t based on facts runs the risk of being slanderous or defamatory. In that case, we would have to respond appropriately, in compliance with law,” Omura told a news conference on Tuesday.

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