They (the Chamber of Commerce IIRC) discussed not letting it set up as these objections were raised early. They did the investigation and the show went on. I'm far more against shrine circuses and zoos that abuse living animals than these sorts of things that use cadavers as teaching tools / art.
Even if they had each person's own diary on display expressing their desire for plastination (ok that would be a little mental no?) or any other documentation people have surreptitiously demanded, I think there would still be vociferous objections to it. I won't say anyone's objections are wrong, only that I don't understand them provided investigations are not finding problems. I don't think it's a money making conspiracy, though I'd certainly like to see it again free!
Death and it's associated imagery is scary, from medical professionals to the two guys at work who grew up in Buddhist monastery's in Laos. But really there's nothing gross, perverse or "scary" about the whole exhibit. Nor really anything that exudes an essence of death. As they often used to say "The map (the word, idea, concept, item) is not the territory (thing, person, substance, place)". In this instance we could say "The corpse is not the person". In reality these are no longer people but displays, inanimate, unconscious "items". Just like aunt Nessie in the box at the funeral isn't really our aunt Nessie anymore. Our sadness comes from knowing Nessie's consciousness is gone, we will no longer have her insights or receive / transmit emotion with her any longer. It's not so much that her frame is no longer animate, a frame which perhaps actually gave her much physical pain before death. I guess I have a weird view of these kinda things, as usual, so I suppose that shouldn't surprise anyone!
But unless I see definitive proof that the Body Worlds exhibit is made with unwilling participants / executed prisoners I have to say I support it.. I'm not talking about freelance shows started by Japanese firms that are using dead Chinese. Which I have read about having started up since the original started touring and that's not a good thing giving a bad name to something I think is highly benefitial.
"When I die I think I'm gonna will myself to a group of Necrophiliacs.
Finally for once they'll get a freebie and not have to spend the night digging in the graveyard, just, have at it."