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Message from the Minister of State for Regional Revitalization

It is with great pleasure that I welcome the opening of Art Fair Tokyo 2021.

The Cabinet Office is committed to overcoming the problems of population decline and economic shrinkage in regional Japan in order to secure future growth. As such, it is engaged in the task of regional revitalization that boosts the sentiments of the regions around Japan.

Our nation’s regional areas are replete with diverse traditional crafts and other locally distinct culture, arts, and festivals. These appealing regional resources have the ability to attract people to those regions, and also facilitate local job creation and increase the numbers of residents and people with connections to the regions.

As the largest art fair in Japan and by harnessing the internet, Art Fair Tokyo is able to disseminate, not only in Japan but also globally, the wonders that are traditional Japanese crafts, distinctly local arts and culture, and various other kinds of regional resources in our country.

I know how hard it has been for many people, forced to continue their tireless work passing on the incredible regional resources from around Japan under the difficult conditions brought about by the global coronavirus pandemic.

It is my hope that fair attendees take an interest in these regional appeals and values through the remarkable resources that exist there, thereby contributing further to regional revitalization.

In closing, I would like to express my respect for the tireless efforts of everyone involved with organizing the fair and striving to implement safety measures against the coronavirus, and offer my wishes for its every success this year and in those to come.

Tetsushi Sakamoto
Minister sakamoto

Message from the Minister for Foreign Affairs

It gives me great pleasure to welcome the opening of Art Fair Tokyo 2021.

Marking its sixteenth edition this year, Art Fair Tokyo features numerous examples of fine works from home and abroad, while also serving as a forum for international cultural exchange through art.

Alongside politics and economics, culture plays an important role in Japan’s diplomatic relations with other nations—a role that has become increasingly significant in recent times. Transmitting Japan’s arts and culture, which boast a long history of always incorporating influences from outside while nonetheless developing in their own unique way, is particularly vital for helping people around the world to understand contemporary Japan.

Disseminating the culture and arts of various countries through this fair that is endorsed by the embassies of over 120 nations provides not only a wonderful opportunity for we Japanese to appreciate diverse cultures, but the fair also functions as a truly superb platform for advancing mutual exchange between people worldwide. I look forward to witnessing the evolution of Art Fair Tokyo into an event where visitors can experience the respective appeals of Japan and other countries around the world, and the even greater contributions that the fair will make to fostering mutual understanding among nation-states and regions.

In closing, I wish to express my deep respect for everyone who has worked so hard to organize the fair as well as my hopes for its success this year and in those to come.

Toshimitsu Motegi
Minister motegi

Message from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

It is with great pleasure that I welcome the opening of Art Fair Tokyo 2021.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a great impact on society and our lives, placing many in difficult circumstances. What is now needed to overcome this adversity is something that can vitalize people and society as a whole—and I believe this is art.

Alongside healing us spiritually, art has the power to raise questions about major social changes we had not yet realized. Art enhances the human imagination, is quick to envision the future of our world, and is able to reinvent society and lifestyle.

In these times when we still live with the coronavirus while looking ahead to what comes after, art encourages the positive involvement of culture in the economic cycle, and becomes a powerful engine for shaping the next era. In that sense, this fair, which provides the opportunity for members of the public to come into contact with works of art furnished with such abilities and from across different periods and cultures, is incredibly important and more necessary now than ever before. Featuring many galleries as well as embassies, universities, and art museums, the fair continues to increase its status as a platform for the art business. Through the fair, everyone involved in Art Fair Tokyo 2021 will surely become driving forces in the future favorable cycle of economics and culture.

In closing, I would like to express my wishes for the fair’s success this year and in those to come.

Hiroshi Kajiyama
Minister kajiyama

Message from the Minister for Health, Labor and Welfare

It is with great pleasure that I welcome the opening of Art Fair Tokyo 2021.

This international art fair is the largest in Japan, bringing together a wide selection of superb art across different genres from home and abroad, including the work of artists with disabilities.

At present, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is making it difficult to undertake activities and exchange related to culture and art in Japan and abroad, but various workarounds are now underway and we sense anew the importance of culture and art.

Culture and the arts recognize a diverse range of values, promote mutual understanding, and play important roles in terms of encouraging community participation and self-expression for the disabled. As such, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare supports activities related to culture and the arts for those with disabilities.

This fair brings visitors into contact with the many different appeals of art as well as creates further opportunities for activities by the disabled. Such efforts will lead to a future society where both those with and without disabilities can live side by side with dignity.

In closing, I would like to express my respect for the tireless efforts of everyone involved with organizing the fair, and offer my wishes for its every success this year and in those to come.

Norihisa Tamura
Minister tamura

Message from Commissioner for Cultural Affairs

I would like to welcome you to Art Fair Tokyo 2021.

The global novel coronavirus pandemic has greatly restricted arts and cultural activities. Art fairs worldwide have been forced to cancel or postpone, and many museums and art museums have called off exhibitions or limited admissions. It is no exaggeration to say that the arts and culture sector is facing an unprecedented crisis.

Amid these circumstances, Art Fair Tokyo 2021 is taking place with the theme of “by Art,” aiming to introduce visitors to arts and culture with diverse values, and to demonstrate that art exists within each and every one of our lives. It is my hope that the fair can be a superb opportunity to reinvigorate society in the sense of once again providing a platform for arts and cultural activities, and creating connections with people seeking arts and culture.

I would like to express my respect for the tireless efforts of everyone involved in organizing the fair during these especially difficult times, and offer my wishes for its every success.

Ryohei Miyata
Minister miyata

Message from Commissioner, Japan Tourism Agency

It is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of Art Fair Tokyo 2021.

This 15th edition of the fair once again plays a vital role as a place for coming into contact with a wide range of art and culture from different periods of time and genres, and as a place for international exchange by hosting art galleries and dealers from 25 cities in Japan and overseas.

This year, the fair is held both at the venue in Tokyo as well as online, making it a superb opportunity for people around the world to enjoy art even in our currently isolated circumstances.

By coming into contact with various kinds of culture and art through the fair, more people will sense what is special about our nation, inspiring them to travel to places around the country after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

In closing, I would like to express my gratitude for the tireless efforts of everyone involved in organizing the fair, and offer my wishes for its success and future development.

Atsumi Gamo
Minister gamo