“Japanese Tattoo Removal = Medieval Torture”

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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:

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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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