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Report: Japanese city bans 'scary' tattoos at beach popular with U.S. troops

Feb. 27, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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Officials in a Japanese city have singled out tattoos as part of an effort to clean up a beach popular with U.S. sailors. (Frank Zeller/AFP via Getty Images)
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Zushi Beach in Japan is a popular destination for U.S. sailors, but now local officials have banned visitors from barbecuing on the beach, drinking alcohol outside of restaurants and displaying “scary” tattoos, according to Stars and Stripes.

The definition of a “scary” tattoo is unclear, but Zushi city officials have said a single small tattoo is allowed while full body tattoos are not, the newspaper reported on Thursday. In Japanese culture, tattoos are most often associated with organized crime.

Complaints from Zushi residents about beachgoers have increased dramatically in the past few years, city official Masashi Koizumi told Stars and Stripes.

“Public morals [at Zushi Beach] have worsened every year,” the newspaper quoted Koizumi as saying. “The residents have said that they wished for the summer to pass quickly and that they just have to endure it.”

U.S. Navy officials declined to comment to Stars and Stripes because they had not yet spoken with Zushi city officials about the new restrictions.

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