Japan Top Court Sides With Tattoo Artist In Test Case
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Fri 18th September 2020 | 01:06 PM
Japan's top court has sided with a tattoo artist who was fined for practising without a medical licence, in a case that revived debate about the country's uneasy relationship with body ink
Tokyo (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Sep, 2020 ) :Japan's top court has sided with a tattoo artist who was fined for practising without a medical licence, in a case that revived debate about the country's uneasy relationship with body ink.
Though tattoos have a long history in Japan and the nation has long boasted leading artists, body ink is still often associated with "anti-social" elements, particularly members of criminal groups known as the yakuza.
People with tattoos are often prevented from using public facilities like swimming pools or baths, and in 2015, Osaka tattooist Taiki Masuda was arrested for allegedly violating the Medical Practioners' Act by tattooing people without a doctor's licence.
"Tattooing is not considered medical treatment nor an act linked to health care," the verdict upheld by the Supreme Court said.
The upheld ruling noted tattooing is "a practice seen since ancient times as part of regional customs" in Japan.
The event featured a large number of players sporting tattoos, including Samoans for whom the body art is an important part of their culture.