Tokyo's subway authority will allow a station advertisement featuring a nude and pregnant Britney Spears, officials said Thursday, dropping a plan to censor the photo.
HB Japan Inc., publisher of the Japanese edition of Harper's Bazaar, plans to rent ad space at the posh Omotesando station next week to promote its October issue with Spears posing naked on the cover.
The photo, in which Spears bares her belly but covers her breasts with her hands, is the same one used on the cover of the August issue of the magazine's U.S. edition. The 24-year-old pop star is pregnant with her second child.
Tokyo Metro Co.'s obscenity screening team had initially raised objections to the nudity. But on Thursday, it said it would allow full presentation of the photo, saying it understood the publisher's intention was to portray a happy mother -- not to be sexually explicit.