“Japanese Tattoo Removal = Medieval Torture”




The hideous surgical procedures which pass as tattoo removal in Japan have once again been the subject of a grotesque expose, with a TV show helpfully detailing the practice in the hopes of terrifying anyone who might be thinking of getting inked out of their madness.

The programme follows a clinic providing tattoo removal services to those who get sick of being subjected to the kind of tattoo-related discrimination the Japanese are so fond of, employing such advanced tattoo removal techniques as slicing off the tattooed skin and stitching up the gash – at a cost of as much as $15,000 for modestly sized tattoos, a sum which is of course not covered by any health insurance:


This is of course not the first time such grisly procedures have been shown off on TV – although whether such propaganda is helping discourage the practice from taking root in non-yakuza is not clear.

Tattoo removal in the rest of the world now normally consists of a course of laser removal treatments, typically leaving no scarring and requiring no surgery or skin slicing, leading to some doubts as to the nature of the treatment provided in Japan’s clinics:


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    Comment by Josh
    15:12 30/10/2012 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    This is disgusting.
    I can harldy imagine why a huge scar would be better than a tattoo.
    Why not just burn it off with fire? or cut off the limb with the tattoo?
    Hell, why not jut execute the person with the tattoo?
    Why not make tattoo shops illegal and strip search everyone in or coming in to the country?

    And if it's so wrong to have tattoos, why do half of the anime characters seem to have them? including alot of the good ones?
    OMG, Fairy Tail members must be yakuza...
    OMG the girl with the hello kitty tattoo must be yakuza
    OMG that survivor from the concentration camp in auschwitz must be yakuza...

    What would these people think of maori tibesman coming to their country? would it be mass hysteria?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 30/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    personally i find nose and eyebrow piercings more unattractive than tatoos and kinda turn me off completely

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bonita Friedland had a tattoo of her hubbie's cock on her breast in Lake Forest, Illinois. She then put a tattoo of his balls on her other breast. Bonita Friedland showed off her tattoos at the Friedland Event in Lake Forest, Illinois.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:57 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    They would probably meltdown their nuclear factories to scare em off.. it's an equally stupid idea, anyways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:07 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Stop confusing fiction with reality, only fools or religious fanatics do that. Just because someone in a fiction does a thing doesn't mean it's socially acceptable in the reality, right? You seem to have the same problem as those regulationists like Ishihara...

    Anyway, my point is, tattoo IS considered sign of yakuza, street gangs, bousouzoku, etc. in Japan. AND people with tattoos have gotten them KNOWING they would be treated as one of those unpleasant lot. It's their own choice and they are just paying for their own foolishness. Perhaps tattoo is a casual thing in your country, but not so here in Japan. I don't feel much pity for them really, though I don't think they deserve that hideous surgery...

    As of Maori tribesmen, I can assure you they won't be treated less for their tattoos because they are from outside and we are sensible enough to know rules are different in other parts of the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:40 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Maori would be discriminated against for being Gaijin anyways.

    And even if they WERE yakuza, I highly doubt anyone would be stupid enough to get a tattoo scalpeled off like that unless it was part of some yakuza-quitting ritual or some shit. As stated above, laser clinics exist AND are cheaper.

    Hell, even if they DID exist, why not just tattoo over the tattoo and write it off as some sort of skin cancer of someone asks, that'd shut them up...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:35 01/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Funny how the only people with any balls left in Japan are the ones with tattoos and the rest of the nation runs like scared bitches from them. Is this REALLY the nation that gave the world samurai?

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    Comment by Azrin
    18:32 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah dude, you need to calm the hell down.
    It's their choice to get a tattoo; their choice to get it removed/trading it for a scar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    omg i'm sure since nami is a pirate they think tattoos are bad

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And that's why they deemed otaku/anime as bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 30/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    There are plenty of laser clinics in Japan, way way cheaper then 15k a removal as well. This is just scare propaganda because of the nature of "everyone who has a tattoo in japan must be yakuza or a criminal", if they really wanted tattooing stopped in japan they should just make a law because this shit is getting seriously stupid at this point.

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    Comment by Shuu
    19:13 30/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    A simple search of
    レーザー OR laser タトゥー OR 刺青

    yielded a myriad of clinic homepages offering the treatment, and among others things, these videos:

    Shitty propaganda indeed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japman not herd of lazors. Ug.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    nope, i'am from Chad (Africa)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that was an attempt at making fun of the racists, not to actually be racist, but eh, Poe's Law.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    nor did you~

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:05 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...and you've not heard of English lessons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:25 30/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Those clinics would make a mint if they advertised.

    "Hey, for a much smaller fee we'll remove your tattoo painlessly and without mutilating you"

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:05 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would they do that? Those greedy doctors wouldn't make any money if they charge a "much smaller fee" >.>

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    better clinic:

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:02 30/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Makes it even worse that some of those really cute girls have to suffer such scars just for that shitty propaganda. The sakura pedals with the writing looked so good on her too ;_;

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 31/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Those were probably actors re-enacting situations rather than the actual person. So they hire a good looking model and try to win your sympathy over with her looks and children. Don't fall for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:21 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This suggests that the propaganda presented is, in fact, fake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If these poor tatooed women can't get a job, I'll employ them to worship my cock anytime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    i guess ur 2 inch chinese cock would need some prayers...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yes..there are many laser clinics. And you are correct that it's basically painless and relatively cheap. And the results are better than this nonsense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Come now, you surely don't think making everything held by the society unpleasant illegal is better than a propaganda by a private media?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:24 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bonita Friedland went to a laser clinic in Lake Forest, Illinois to have a tattoo of her ex-hubbie removed. Her current hubbie "P" was disgusted at Bonita's taste in tattoos and had Bonita remove it in Lake Forest, Illinois. Laser clinics in Lake Forest, Illinois will remove the most disgusting tattoos. But Bonita Friedland then had a tattoo done of her hubbie's face which is grossly ugly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i don't get it all i saw was a potato peeler... oh....

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 03/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bonita Friedland of Lake Forest, Illinois used a potato pealer on her hubbie's groin to erase a tattoo of his former wife. Bonita Friedland gets paid big dollars by her hubbie "P" to stay with him despite his numerous affairs. But, according to Bonita Friedland, that tattoo had to go. Catch Bonita Friedland and her hubbie getting blotto at the Friedland Event in Lake Forest, Illinois.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This shit gotta be fake.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    15:03 30/10/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    You would think the country that brought us Gundams would know what the fuck a laser was and how to use it to remove tattoos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:40 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I expect it's done intentionally.. Enforce the addage you get a tattoo and ready to have it removed.. get ready for some serious pain because we will punish you for being stupid enough to get one.

    Bet many younger generation will reconsider a tattoo if they have to go through that for removal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:19 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The entire modern Japanese culture is contradicting itself in many ways. I thought they would be proud to present their tattoos to the world; they were one of the first nations on Earth sporting them, and now it's immoral to have drawings on your body?

    Tattoos aren't just pictures in a children's coloring book, they illustrate one's life in an abstract way, through art that is quite difficult to do

    I'm never having any of my tattoos removed. I am proud of the people who drew them, as I am proud of myself for having them. They are what I am.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:15 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I kind of want to point out that tattoos predate nations. But then again, that doesn't make you wrong.

    After all, you said it was the first nation... :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 21/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If i get a tattoo on my dick,
    Makes me a delinquent?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @22:18 30/10/2012

    A man calling me "white trash" can be easily labeled so himself. You automatically assume that I'm a fat neckbearded basement dwelling wannabe otaku.

    But I shall not waste space on discussing social statuses here any longer; You may be a tattoo hater, or whatever, but just as there are masterpieces in other forms of art doesn't mean that there are no tattoos of the kind. I am not implying that I am wearing any ink good enough to be labeled a "masterpiece", but I assure you that all my tattoos have been done after months of planning and consulting with various artist, not only tattoo artists but others as well. I even consulted a dermatologist on the location and various other aspects of getting a tattoo.

    This all combined makes me proud of my tattoos.

    You can hate all you want, but that doesn't prove you right. A tattoo is not a "stigma" if you don't want it to be- Yakuza weren't the only people with tattoos in old Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous

    So that cartoon character you got tattooed on your back (when drunk) is abstract art, illustrating your life?

    Being proud of tattoos makes you an idiot, probably white trash. (unless you are Polynesian, in which case it is cultural, and a legitimate source of heritage.

    If you want to get a tattoo, feel free to do so, but don't think you are fooling anyone into believing it a significant statement.

    And you obviously know nothing of Japanese culture, if you don't understand the stigma associated with tattoos in Japan.

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    Comment by Astray Flame

    I just wanted to point this out. The Gundam universe don't use laser weapons, it uses beam weapons. Star Wars is the one that uses laser weapons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, the only laser weapons in Star Wars are the Death Star class planet killer beams. The rest of the energy weapons are blasters (whatever that actually is), complete with ammunition usage, "projectiles" exploding in mid-space etc. Emplacements on ship hulls and similar being called turbo lasers doesn't change that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is so stupid an irrelevant, and even stupider, inaccurate.

    A laser is a focused BEAM of light. Any weapon would have to be a laser (basically inclusive of both terms), because unfocused beams, like sun beams, take so long to do damage they pose no threat as a weapon.

    Also, I don't recall the weapons is Star Wars ever been referred to as lasers.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    07:01 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's 'cause in episode 4 the weapons mentioned were: light saber, blaster, and proton torpedo.
    In episode 1, Aniken calls Qui-Gon's light saber a "laser sword".
    In episode 3 during the opening battle, when a Republic star destroyer and General Grievous's flagship pass one another, someone gave an order to fire "turbo lasers".

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    Comment by Pyrus
    07:04 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I forgot. In episode 5, Leia called Han "laser-brain".

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 30/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Haven't they heard about freaking lazers?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:58 30/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)


    18:24 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Attached to a sharks head.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:04 30/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    laser beams are used for censoring in anime.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    15:43 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lasers ,abrasion etc they don't fucking use it.
    These quacks would be behind bars anywhere else.

    Comment by 436345tgf36f4e
    16:26 30/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Apparently she just couldn't live with a soft blue butterfly on her shoulder. Just too hard core for her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 30/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Considering she's banned of every public place, ever, should she reveal it, it is my honest opinion that you are trolling.
    I lived in Hokaido for 3 months taking pictures for Lonely Planet and I have seen a dude kicked (literally) out of laundromats for having a picture of his dead mother's portrait over his heart.

    Before you ask, it was the middle of summer and the only reason you could see it was because the poor bloke was sweating though his tank top.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:13 31/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope the owners of that laundromat eventually get extorted by Yakuza and forced to pay ever increasing protection money until they go out of business or the Yakuza make them take a dirt nap.
    It would be the only fitting justice for such people.

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