It's held on by an adhesive, and it should be simple enough to work on a corner and pull it off in huge pieces.
Works best if you have a tool with a flat, blunt edge -- such as a metal fingernail file. Also, a pair of small needlenose pliers will help you grab the larger pieces.
Some lighter fluid will also help you clean up any residue. And you probably should replace those foam seals, as well.
By the way, I've re-covered several Japanese cameras, including two Contaxes (137MD and 139 Quartz), a Yashica FX-D, Minolta XD-11 and a tiny Ducati Sogno. The Minolta covering had shrunk like a cotton T-shirt in the dryer, while the others had simply worn away.
Here's the Minolta with a new covering from Aki-Asahi:
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