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Tokyo prosecutors seek fine in trial against ‘vagina artist’ Megumi Igarashi

Kyodo

Prosecutors asked the Tokyo District Court on Monday to levy a fine of ¥800,000 against an artist charged with obscenity for distributing 3-D scans of her own genitals.

Megumi Igarashi, 43, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashi-ko (Good-for-nothing Girl), maintained her innocence on the charges of distributing obscene objects through the Internet in return for money, arguing that her artwork uses female genitalia as its subject but is not of a salacious nature.

In her final statement, Igarashi called for an impartial judgment by the court.

“Having created works that defy the (existing) image associated with genitalia, I cannot agree with my arrest,” she said.

The court is expected to hand down its decision May 9.

Her lawyer said during the closing arguments that Igarashi distributed the data to make 3-D versions of her vagina “as part of her creative activities, with the aim that her supporters would use it to create new works.”

A prosecutor countered that Igarashi “carries great criminal responsibility” because she sent out the data regardless of the possibility that recipients might create obscene objects.

In a previous hearing, a university professor specializing in art history testified in Igarashi’s defense that the works “do not appear to be obscene (materials) that cause sexual arousal.”

Igarashi told a news conference after her initial arrest in July 2014 that she sent the data to those who donated more than ¥3,000 to a campaign to fund her creation of a kayak also modeled on the 3-D scans.

According to the indictment, Igarashi distributed data over the Internet that could be used to make 3-D reproductions of her genitals in October 2013 and March 2014, and in July 2014 exhibited vagina-shaped plaster artwork at an adult shop in Tokyo.

The Penal Code prescribes a maximum sentence of two years in prison or a fine of up to ¥2.5 million for distributing obscene objects.

  • 151E

    Wow, really going after big fish on this one! If only prosecutors where half as zealous with TEPCO, Takata, Toyo Tire, Amari-san, or any of the openly criminal ‘chivalrous societies’.

    • J.P. Bunny

      But TEPCO and the rest are not as dangerous to society as digital genitals lurking on hard drives.

  • GBR48

    Given that every knocking shop and ‘delivery health’ service in Japan’s diverse, extensive and Yakusa-protected red light industry has a website, this trial is a joke that drags the Japanese legal system into the dirt. And does it globally, as this will go viral online.

    Agree with 151E. Perish the thought that they should chase after and prosecute the corporate fraudsters, makers of killer airbags, corrupt politicians taking bribes, and those selling waste to people as food with quite so much vigour.

    Drop the charges and let her go.

    • R0ninX3ph

      Oh they have to go after her, heaven forbid people actually know what a vulva looks like…..

  • J.P. Bunny

    I certainly am glad that the prosecutors are not giving up on this evil scourge. Sending data that needs a computer to make sense of it, which then needs a 3-D printer (and materials) to turn it into something obscene………the horrors! How soon before 3-D vaginas are in every household?

    I’m guessing that this could lead to even worse things. How long until high school girl tentacle porn is available at the convenience store? How long until anybody will a digital phone can access uncensored porn on demand? I certainly hope that sections of family friendly
    Shinjuku don’t begin to harbor protected sex dens.

    I can now sleep safe at night knowing that my tax money is being spent in a wise and useful manner.

  • Clayton Forrester

    What a great smile!!!

  • Philosopher

    Every year there’s a penis festival in Kanamara where massive phalluses get paraded around the streets. Are they going to arrest them for obscenity? You can even buy penis-shaped lollipops. There are also a few vagina-shaped ones. I’ve been to this festival three times and not once have I seen a police officer so I haven’t seen any lollipop lickers arrested for obscenity.

    You can watch unpixelated porn on the internet in Japan but I haven’t hear of anyone getting arrested for supplying or watching it.

    It looks like Rokudenashi-ko was arrested for trying to challenge the patriarchy.