© Kishin Shinoyama
Police investigators searched the office and home in Tokyo of photographer Kishin Shinoyama on Tuesday on suspicion of public indecency over the shooting of nude photos for his book of photos ‘‘20XX TOKYO.’’ The investigators also raided the office in Tokyo of a talent agency to which one of the two models, a 21-year-old actress, belongs.
Shinoyama, 68, allegedly took outdoor shots of the nude models in Tokyo from mid- to late August 2008 in situations where anyone could see them, police said.
The Metropolitan Police Department plans to question Shinoyama later, police sources said.
The investigators have found nothing illegal in the photo album itself, but question the manner in which the photographs were taken, police said.
Shinoyama allegedly took the photos at a dozen locations in Tokyo, mainly at night. Some of the photos were taken on railway tracks and in cemeteries.
A number of nude photos of the two actresses appear in the photo book, which was published in late January this year and is about 60 pages long. The collection has sold out, its publisher Asahi Press says on its website.
Shinoyama’s office and the Asahi Press declined comment.
Tokyo-based Asahi Press said it has heard nothing about the police raids from either Shinoyama or the police. The Asahi Press has no links with the Asahi Shimbun newspaper or TV Asahi.
Shinoyama became a freelance photographer in 1968 after working for an advertising agency.
He has released a number of photo collections of celebrities, including novelist Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), singer Momoe Yamaguchi and actress Rie Miyazawa.
In 1991, he released ‘‘Water Fruit,’’ a collection of uncensored nude photos of actress Kanako Higuchi in which her pubic hair is visible.
Japan’s Penal Code sets penalties of imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of up to 300,000 yen, detention for up to 29 days, or a petty fine of less than 10,000 yen, for persons who commit indecent acts in public.
Shinoyama’s website : http://www.shinoyamakishin.jp