— by Alex Peters: In landmark case, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled tattooing is an art, and not a medical act.

Japan’s Supreme Court has ruled that it is not illegal to tattoo without a medical license, in a historic moment for the practice and community.

The landmark decision, handed down on Wednesday, concerned a 32-year-old tattoo artist named Taiki who had been fined 150,000 Yen (roughly £1,100) by a district court for violating medical practitioners law by tattooing three people without a medical license…

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