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The censorship action taken by police last month at an Aichi museum showing photos of a photographer’s genitals constitutes a human rights violation and highlights the nation’s shift toward a more controlling society, the artist said Thursday.

At the center of the controversy is Ryudai Takano, whose photographs of him posing naked with male and female models prompted the police on Aug. 11 to request that they be removed from the ongoing show at the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art.

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