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The sudden Aug. 3 closure of “After ‘Freedom of Expression?'” — a multiartist exhibit at the Aichi Triennale 2019 — clearly highlighted the ongoing struggles some people have with that very issue of freedoms in Japan.

Ironically, too, that exhibit comprised contributions that, according to the festival’s artistic director, Daisuke Tsuda, could not be displayed in Japan previously “due to censorship or self-censorship.”

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