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Japanese Man Who Cooked, Served Own Genitals to Diners Charged

Mao Sugiyama and his infamous meal

Mao Sugiyama and his infamous meal

Japanese police have finally decided to charge Mao Sugiyama, 22, the gender-neutral performance artist who served up his surgically removed genitalia for $250 a plate to a table of cannibalistic diners at a Tokyo club on April 13, 2012. Ever since the event came to the attention of authorities, they have been trying to figure out if anyone broke any laws. Sugiyama reportedly followed all the proper procedures, as defined by code, for handling medical waste, as well as those for handling and preparing food, even, apparently, the part where he turned his medical waste into food. The diners, who paid top dollar for the prvielge of sampling his private parts, which were reportedly tastefully prepared with mushrooms and parsley, knew exactly what was on the menu, and apparently broke no laws banning cannibalism.

The stunt was held purportedly to raise awareness about “sexual minorities, x-gender, asexual people,” of which the artist is one. Not surprisingly Sugiyama’s performance made many people uncomfortable to say the least, and police were asked to investigate. Finally police decided that Sugiyama is guilty of indecent exposure. If convicted he could face a fine of up to $32,000 and up to two years in prison.

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