2017.02.12 Sunday

046 Letter from the lawyers

I received a sealed document from JAGDA’s legal advisers on February 2, 2017.

Inside, I found a letter entitled “Views of the JAGDA Office in relation to ‘More questions and proposal re: “Reply from JAGDA regarding Request Letter”’”. The letter was signed by two legal counsels representing JAGDA, with their official seals affixed.


The letter stated:
Regarding the questions posed at this time, a detailed reply has already been provided. Thus we find it unnecessary to add any further response.
(*JAGDA response shown in blue)

Furthermore, the letter stated:
Moreover, all JAGDA members have been informed (via email sent by the JAGDA representative on August 12, 2016, with the title “Regarding ‘JAGDA’ emblem Overview”) that the “JAGDA Overview” document has yet to be approved by the General Assembly. Therefore we find it unnecessary to implement a response anew based on your proposal submitted at this time.

In response to my request that JAGDA offer an opportunity for dialogue in a public setting by providing a venue for sharing an audio or video recording of the general assembly, JAGDA claimed, “We find it unnecessary to implement a response anew”. In other words, JAGDA maintains that it has no intention of hosting a dialogue session; it will not release any recording of the general assembly; and JAGDA is informing me that they find it “unnecessary”.

According to the letter, JAGDA’s explanation for not responding to the request made by a JAGDA member is because the“‘JAGDA Overview’ document has yet to be approved by the General Assembly”. But in reality, the “JAGDA Overview” document was submitted as a matter for approval at the general assembly, and was subsequently approved. There is no denying a fact that actually took place. If JAGDA wants to claim that the document was never an approval item—why bother submitting the document as an item on the agenda in the first place? Why did JAGDA seek and obtain approval at the general assembly? I have been pointing out this glaring inconsistency on numerous occasions, again and again, but JAGDA has never bothered to give any explanation whatsoever. And now, it has decided to inform me that “we find it unnecessary to add any further response”— their final answer.

Once again, I went back to the records of the JAGDA general assembly to check the statements made by the speakers:


Chairperson: Well, thank you very much. Now we will get on with the proceedings. We shall begin with the first item on the agenda—which includes what we heard just now—and after reports from various committees, we will seek approval for all items, including this, at one go. So let us proceed without further ado.
(From Records of JAGDA General Assembly 2016)


Here, when the chairperson says, “which includes what we heard just now”, he means the “JAGDA Overview” document that “we heard just now”. He points to the “JAGDA Overview” document as the first item on the agenda, and he clearly announces that (JAGDA) will seek “approval for all items, including this, at one go”. Subsequently a vote was taken, approval was given, and the general assembly came to a close—according to the records.

Once I reported this evidence, how approval was sought in such a dishonest and fraudulent manner, in my blog, and the facts were made public, JAGDA asked its members to submit their opinions in regards to the “JAGDA Overview”. Yet JAGDA never bothered to answer the questions submitted per these written opinions; they were not taken up during their board meetings nor steering committee meetings. Finally JAGDA resorted to get a representative, their legal counsels, to pen a letter using such insolent words as “we find it unnecessary to add any response”, to sign it and affix their official seals. The action is a demonstration of their true colors.

Coincidentally, just six days after the letter from the JAGDA lawyers was delivered to me, I received the “JAGDA News” by email. The newsletter was filled with various announcements and reports on the organization’s activities: there were announcements of winners of the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award, the JAGDA Award, the JAGDA New Designer Award; there was news related to the JAGDA Student Grand Prix and other exhibitions and events. On the surface, JAGDA is buzzing with lively activities. It is hard to believe that behind the scenes, the same organization is lawyering up to suppress a member who dared voice her opinion. It is insidious.


Keiko Hirano


Keiko Hirano:
Designer/Visioner, Executive Director of Communication Design Laboratory
Hirano served on the panel that chose the official emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which was ultimately withdrawn.

Personal note:
I contributed an op-ed piece to the November issue of the “Kenchiku Journal” magazine (on sale November 1, 2016). The special feature of the issue is “Ridiculing the Olympic Games”.

001 責任がとれる方法で 002 公募期間の短さ 003 『展開』『展開性』『展開力』 004 知らされなかった招待作家 005 ブログを読んで下さっているみなさまへ 006 利害優先の土壌 007 修正案承諾拒否の経緯と理由 - vol.1 008 修正案承諾拒否の経緯と理由 - vol.2 009 『公』の仕事 010 専門家の盾 011 秘密保持誓約書という密室 012 いまこそ、私心なき専門性を問う 013 判断の論拠 014 最終の審議 015 金銭感覚と敬意の相対性 016 表現におけるモラリティと表現者のモラル 017 言葉のちから 018 何のための調査なのか、調査の目的は何なのか - vol.1 019 何のための調査なのか、調査の目的は何なのか - vol.2 020 何のための調査なのか、調査の目的は何なのか - vol.3 021 何のための調査なのか、調査の目的は何なのか - vol.4 022 願い 023 摩訶不思議な調査報告書 024 負の遺産とならないように 025 出口なき迷路 026 届かぬ思い 027「社会に位置づくデザイン」という観点 028 無責任主義の村 029 審査委員として知り得た情報のすべて 030 新聞寄稿文への異論 - vol.1 031 新聞寄稿文への異論 - vol.2 032 1対3の構図 - 「A案」VS「BCD案」 033 今を生きる 034 負の連鎖……を断つために 035 欲望の公害 精神の断絶 036 イカサマ文書 by JAGDA - vol.1 037 イカサマ文書 by JAGDA - vol.2 038 イカサマ文書 by JAGDA - vol.3 039 事実はひとつ 040 新世界へ 041 JAGDA文書への意見と要望 ― 法律の専門家による分析 042 JAGDAの回答 JAGDAへの要望書 043 「要望書へのJAGDAの回答」に対する更なる質問 044 「意見書へのJAGDAの回答」に対する質問と提案 045 ブラック・デザイン 046 弁護士から届いた封書 047 おとぎの国の物語 048 退会届
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Logo Controversy--Facts and Observations 001 My way of taking responsibility 002 Duration of contest was way short 003 “Development” “Development Capabilities” “Development Power” 004 Guest artists I wasn’t told about 005 To My Readers 006 A culture where special interests take priority 007 How and why I refused to accept the modified design - vol.1 008 How and why I refused to accept the modified design - vol.2 009 Strictly “public” work 010 Specialists as shields 011 Behind closed doors-secrecy surrounding a non-disclosure agreement 012 Time to put selfless expertise to the test 013 Rationale behind my decision 014 The final review session 015 Is the money mindset relative to paying respect? 016 Morality of expression and the morals of its creator 017 The power of words 018 An investigation for what? What is the purpose of the investigation - vol.1 019 An investigation for what? What is the purpose of the investigation - vol.2 020 An investigation for what? What is the purpose of the investigation - vol.3 021 An investigation for what? What is the purpose of the investigation - vol.4 022 My wish 023 Mystifying investigation report is out 024 In order to prevent a negative legacy 025 Stuck in a maze with no exit 026 A voice unheard 027 A viewpoint that calls for “design with a place in society” 028 A village with a policy of irresponsibility 029 Every piece of information that I garnered as a judge on the selection committee 030 Objections to a newspaper contribution - vol.1 031 Objections to a newspaper contribution - vol.2 032 The underlying picture of one against three - “Plan A” versus “Plans BCD” 033 Living in the moment 034 Putting a stop……to a negative chain of events 035 Pollution by greed and discontinuity of the spirit 036 Bogus document by JAGDA - vol.1 037 Bogus document by JAGDA - vol.2 038 Bogus document by JAGDA - vol.3 039 Every fact has only one version 040 Toward a whole new world 041 Opinion and request regarding JAGDA document―An analysis by a legal specialist 042 Reply from JAGDA Request letter to JAGDA 043 More questions re: "Reply from JAGDA regarding Request Letter" 044 Questions and proposal re: "Reply from JAGDA regarding Request Letter" 045 Rogue design 046 Letter from the lawyers 047 Tales from Wonderland 048 Withdrawal Notice