(From AFP)

A Japanese artist who makes objects shaped like her vagina was convicted on Monday after a high-profile obscenity trial, in a decision likely to reignite accusations of heavy-handed censorship.

Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi (2nd R) and her lawyers speak to reporters in front of the Tokyo District Court on May 9

The Tokyo District Court slapped Megumi Igarashi with a 400,000 yen ($3,700) fine, but the penalty was half what prosecutors had demanded as she was also cleared of one of several charges.

Igarashi was arrested two years ago for trying to raise funds online to pay for the construction of a kayak by disseminating a coded 3D image of her genitals that would allow users to make copies.

While Japan has a multi-billion-dollar pornography industry, actual depictions of genitalia are banned and the artist was charged in July 2014. Read More

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