Osaka, Japan’s New Mayor Isn’t a Fan of Tattoos

by on Jun.26, 2012, under Art, News, Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on June 26, 2012

Japanese People #2Reading about this Japanese city really makes me “knock on wood” that I’m living here in the USA.

Osaka’s mayor has recently decided to crack down on tattoos.  There’s a lot of Japanese that still associate tattoos with gangs.  They’re even banned at most gyms, swimming pools, and some larger companies.

The new mayor has mandated that all public employees hand over an inventory of their body art – whether it was readily visible or not.  Talk about getting in your business. You also had to relate how long you had the tattoos. AND – this was a shocker – only 113 out of 32,000 employees admitted to having a tattoo. The numbers are shockingly low compared to the US.

Now what?

The tattooed employees that worked with the public – were moved to roles that would keep that out of the public eye.

The teachers that had tattoos – were “asked” to remove them if students could see them. The mayor said he “hopes they can refocus on teaching” once they’ve removed their embarrassing tattoos.(!!!!!)

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New Tattoo Care Guy July 7, 2012 at 3:16 am

I remember reading a little while ago that more and more younger Japanese students were getting tattoos. I guess that was short lived. It’s a shame, the japanese tattoos that I have seen are amazing.

Tattoosue August 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I believe as the next generation comes up through the ranks – you may see it swing towards tattoo acceptance. I was surprised – it’s a tough culture.

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