Japan court acquits tattooist for operating without medical license
Kyodo -- Nov 15
A Japanese 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.

"The tattooing procedure is not relevant to medicine and it does not constitute a medical act controlled under the medical practitioners' law," said the Osaka High Court's Presiding Judge Masaki Nishida when ruling on tattoo artist Taiki Masuda's case.

In September last year, the Osaka District Court ruled Masuda had performed an unlicensed medical practice when he tattooed the arms and other body parts of three women between July 2014 and March 2015 at his home and studio in Suita, Osaka Prefecture. Masuda was ordered to pay a fine of 150,000 yen ($1,300).

医師の免許を持たずに客にタトゥーを施したとして有罪判決が言い渡された男性の控訴審判決で、大阪高裁が無罪を言い渡しました。
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