Cartoon tattoos are now illegal in Japan, the Japanese government announced Monday.
The ban applies to the country’s largest tattoo parlor, Shinto tattoo parlors and the largest tattoo shop chain, Yurikaga.
“We have determined that the tattoos, while attractive and appropriate for young people, are a violation of the law and must be strictly limited,” the Japanese Ministry of Justice said in a statement.
The ban includes the word “pornography,” which the ministry considers to be the most obscene word, as well as the phrase “porno” that has been associated with the use of pornography.
There are some exceptions to the ban, including for religious symbols, such as the Buddhist holy symbol for the moon.
As part of the ban on the tattoos and the religious symbols that are banned, tattoos are allowed to be covered with a special material, such a paper called a “shimashu” or “shingon” which is a type of ink that contains the tattoo ink.
It is not clear if the government will enforce the ban in the future.