The recent introduction of temporary rules at Saitama Prefecture in Japan regarding swimsuit photos it fueled debate and varied reactions in the art community and among feminist activists. These rules, which submit explicit images for “no poses” and “no swimwear”designed to control the photography sessions scheduled for September to October in three of the main parks managed by the preliminary organization.
The Parks and Green Spaces Stewardship Association has taken it upon itself to announce these temporary rules with the aim of establishing clear guidelines for photographs in these public places. Until now, only one of the parks had implemented specific rules regarding photographs, but the decision to unify these rules and make them at the other parks was welcomed by some, and criticized by others. others that they are restrictive and potentially censorious.
Controversy arises over the description of “unauthorized studies” and “unauthorized bathing suits”, which are vaguely stated in the guidelines. At the top of the illustrations are three types of swimwear labeled “NG” (not allowed), which has raised some questions about the objectivity of these restrictions. In addition to swimsuits, it is emphasized that even if models are wearing appropriate swimsuits, they should avoid touching that is considered “large” or “inappropriate”.
- Prohibited swimwear:
The political response was also notable, with women from the Japanese Communist Party expressing concern about the limitation of artistic freedom and the objectification of the models in these shoots. Despite their efforts to stop swimsuit photo shoots in swimming pools in recent months, the government has seen the new rules as a step forward, fueling discontent among some feminist groups.
- Pots prohibited (even if you have a swimsuit approved):
Governor Motohiro Ono addressed this situation by instructing companies that do not comply with the rules to withdraw their photo requests. After reviewing the results following the sessions scheduled for September and October this year, a panel of experts will review the situation in February 2024 and decide whether these new rules will become official or withdrawn..
As the debate continues and the interim rules are implemented in the September and October photo sessions,. It remains to be seen how this move will affect the arts industry, modeling prospects, and the dynamic between feminist groups and government authorities in Saitama..