Japanese police are weighing up whether an 'asexual' man who cooked his own severed genitals and served them to five paying diners committed a crime, it has emerged.
The police probe came after the mayor of Suginami ward, the Tokyo district where the event took place, said it had involved the display of obscene objects.
Mayor Ryo Tanaka said: 'Many residents of Suginami and elsewhere have expressed a sense of discomfort and feeling of apprehension over this.'
A Tokyo police spokesman said she was aware of the complaint but declined to comment any further.
Sugiyama, a painter who defines himself as 'asexual', has also not responded to the fact he could now be prosecuted.
But he has previously confirmed the event had taken place and said it was organised to raise awareness about 'sexual minorities, x-gender, asexual people'.
In tweets on May 18, the artist said steps were taken so his act met all relevant laws, including a ban on organ sales, processing of medical waste and even food sanitation requirements.
He posted pictures of the event on his blog, but later removed them and said his decision to take them down was due to ‘privacy considerations’.
Sugiyama made guests sign a waiver so he was not responsible if they became ill after eating his genitalia.
The dinner party organiser joked before the event that he would be posting his recipe online. Guests said that the genitalia were very rubbery and tasted of very little
, CalorieLab.com reported.
Sugiyama, who is an illustrator, has also had his nipples removed. As an asexual, his genitalia will not be replaced with artificial female ones.