Japanese “salaryman” Kyono displays his tattoos as he poses for a photo in Yokohama. Photo: AFP

Tattoo taboo: body art still provokes deep suspicion in Japan but will the Olympics change that?

  • People with body ink are refused entry to public swimming pools, bathing spots, beaches and often gyms, while visible body art can be harmful to job prospects
  • As Japan opened up to the outside world in the 1800s, tattoos were outlawed – along with snake-charming and public nudity – because the Japanese feared outsiders would judge them
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Japanese “salaryman” Kyono displays his tattoos as he poses for a photo in Yokohama. Photo: AFP
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