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Japanese Sightseeing Association Pulls Sexy Anime Ad

A sightseeing group in Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture has found itself in some hot water over a poster featuring a busty character from the anime Nōrin.

The poster, which was created to promote a city-wide stamp rally, was pulled over the weekend after complaints of sexual harassment.

Those who lodged complaints said the poster was uncomfortable for women and “stimulating.”

The sightseeing organization been using characters from Nōrin, a light novel and anime series set in Minokamo City, on its advertisements since September.

Nōrin, written by Shirow Shiratori, is about students attending an agricultural school in Minokamo. The character featured on the poster is Kochō Yoshida, one of the series four “heavenly farmers.” Her bust size is frequently remarked on in the series.

“We did not think there would be such an uproar,” a representative of the association was quoted as saying.

Source: Tokyo Reporter

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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.