Tag - tattoos



Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 15, 2018
Osaka High Court acquits tattoo artist charged for working without a medical license
The Osaka High Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision and acquitted a tattooist for operating without a medical license, ruling the process is not a medical practice.
Japan Times
Sep 21, 2018
World Rugby advises teams and supporters to cover up tattoos at World Cup in Japan
World Rugby has advised both players and supporters to cover up tattoos during the 2019 Rugby World Cup to avoid causing offense to their hosts.
Japan Times
Sep 15, 2018
'Yakuza Tattoo': Inside the secretive world of the yakuza's tattoos
Andreas Johansson spent almost three weeks immersed in the world of the yakuza, photographing and talking to around 30 gang members for his book, 'Yakuza Tattoo.'
Japan Times
Jun 5, 2018
In tattoo-taboo Japan, new website offers helping hand for those with ink
In tattoo-taboo Japan, those who are inked-up have received a helping hand — in both English and Japanese — with the launch of a new website that offers information about tattoo-friendly hot springs and other locations nationwide.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 2, 2018
Tattoos discovered on mummies after millennia under wraps
Researchers have discovered the oldest figurative tattoos in the world on the upper arms of two ancient Egyptian mummies, the British Museum said Thursday.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2018
Tattoo artist Gakkin leaves his mark in Amsterdam
Gakkin, a native of Wakayama and now a resident of Amsterdam, draws freehand, forgoing modern stencil machines to work directly on the body.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 27, 2017
Osaka court rules tattoo artist's work violated medical law, was not art or expression
An Osaka tattoo artist was found guilty Wednesday of violating the Medical Practitioners' Law in a case that drew international attention to Japan's tattoo culture.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 21, 2017
Prosecutors demand ¥300,000 fine for Osaka tattooist
Prosecutors on Friday demanded that a tattooist in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, be slapped with a fine of ¥300,000 for operating without a medical doctor's license.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2017
Tattoo artist goes to court to legally shed shady image ahead of 2020 Games
Tattoo artists in Japan lobbied Tuesday for better legal protection of a profession that has long been associated with organized crime, seeking to end a decades-old prejudice as the nation braces for an influx of tourists and athletes sporting body art ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Japan Times
Dec 31, 2016
Hot-spring developer to open a facility that caters to all — even visitors with tattoos
Freelance editor Lauren Hardie applied to join a fitness center when visiting Tokyo last summer but, before her membership was accepted, she was asked to sign a special contract that began with the following condition: "I am not a gangster."
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 14, 2016
Supreme Court upholds Osaka city's tattoo check on workers as legal
The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that said the Osaka city office's 2012 probe into whether its workers had tattoos was legal, court officials said last week.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2016
A portrait of the tattooist as a nice young man
'Otattoo' artist Hori Benny overcame prejudice, poverty and punishing training to blaze an inky trail through Osaka.
Japan Times
Oct 1, 2016
'Japanese Tattoos: History, Culture, Design': The beginner's guide to getting inked in nippon
"Japanese Tattoos: History, Culture, Design" offers a broad but casual introduction to the tradition of tattooing in Japan.
Mar 28, 2016
Let's discuss tourists and their tattoos
The Japan Tourism Agency has asked spa operators to allow tattooed foreign tourists into their facilities in a bid to get more overseas visitors experiencing the nation's onsen.
Japan Times
Mar 17, 2016
Japan Tourism Agency asks spa operators to accept tattooed foreign tourists
The Japan Tourism Agency has asked spa operators to allow tattoo-sporting foreign tourists into their facilities in a bid to get more overseas visitors experiencing the nation's onsen.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 23, 2015
Tattooist's legal challenge could lift industry in Japan or send it underground
Tattooist Taiki Masuda is challenging a law that makes him a criminal for practicing what he considers a form of art.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 6, 2015
More bathhouses allowing tattooed patrons, provided body art is 'patched'
Due to their association with criminality, tattoos have long been stigmatized in Japan, but restrictions are loosening at public bathhouses around the country as facilities aim to benefit from the influx of tourists in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Oct 22, 2015
More than 50% of hotels refuse tattooed visitors entry to bathing areas, survey finds
A government survey has found that 56 percent of Japanese hotels and inns do not allow tattooed visitors to enter their public bathing areas.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2015
Tourism body to poll spas on no-tattoo policy amid influx of foreign visitors with body art
The Japan Tourism Agency has begun surveying hot springs nationwide on their no-tattoo policies, as Japan sees more foreign visitors sporting body art.
Japan Times
Apr 16, 2015
Hotel group inks trial covering bathers' tattoos with stickers
The no-tattoos policy at many of Japan's public bathhouses might become a thing of the past if one hotel group's experiment with stickers to cover guests' body art gains traction.


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