Osaka: “If You Have a Tattoo, Your Values Are Messed Up!”


The mayor of Osaka has once again been voicing his disgust at the fact that the city has employed people with tattoos, and has demanded the creation of a special taskforce to root them out and sack them.

Mayor Tooru Hashimoto’s anti-tattoo witch-hunt was prompted by the discovery that a city employee at a child-care facility not only had a tattoo but went so far as to intimidatingly show it to a small child.

Although he was punished over the incident, it was found he could not be sacked merely for having a tattoo, outraging the mayor.

Hashimoto has since been ordering city departments to set up investigatory teams to stamp out the evils of tattooed employees, which saw him angrily berating them in a press conference:

“People who got tattoos in the past for whatever reasons and are trying to reform themselves are different [but] getting tattoos after being employed is weird. To get paid out of taxes and then fool around getting tattoos, there is something messed up about all this.

“There are suspicions that a great many of our employees have tattoos, as an organisation it is necessary to get to the bottom of this.”

“There are reports of city employees showing each other their tattoos, the atmosphere of their workplaces is strange.”

“We must hold an emergency assembly of supervisors, and I’d like to tell them their values are pretty messed up!”

“I’ll act in place of the citizens and rigorously check them, and I’ll keep sacking any city employees who don’t comply.”

The mayor indicated he wishes to set up a special team to prevent further scandalous behaviour by civic employees, and to root out employees with tattoos and sack them if possible.

Other targets of his wroth included insufficiently harsh bans on smoking in the workplace and commuting to work in privately owned cars.

There is a widespread conviction amongst Japanese that only criminals get tattoos, something which is as readily evident online as it is from their politicians.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:47 05/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yeah, fire them if they have tattoos and then the only choice they'll have is to become a criminal... great idea, bozo.

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    Comment by Dude
    15:57 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It is...
    in the sense he can then generate statistics to prove his case.

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    Comment by Hayate
    15:39 05/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    it wont be that long before they ban all humanity...
    time to start the space colonies...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:52 05/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Why should WE get out of the planet? I say put all these wackos in a rocket to the sun, some of these politicians overstayed their job for way too long.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 06/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you kidding? I'd rather be in space. Who wants these wack-jobs to be the first ones to encounter extra-terrestrial life or have all the fun space adventures?

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    15:49 05/03/2012 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    People looked down upon in an average country:

    Murderers, Thieves

    People looked down upon in Japan:

    Otaku, People with tattoos.

    Your prejudice is messed up, Japan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 05/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Well, Japan is not very accepting of those who do not fit specific outlines, and is very unaccepting of others, so those who differ from the norm are often ridiculed and looked down upon. They seem to hold a lack of compassion or understanding for others, so people like otaku or people with tattoos are automatically lumped into a bad catagory. While this is true, younger generations there have been more influenced by western culture, and whilst still holding some of the same viewpoints, they are much more flexible with change and understanding of others, and i would think that in the future, slowly but surely, incidents like this will be seen in a more mild light, and the severity and frequency of the extremes of otaku and other "non-accepted" lifestyles will dwindle

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    Comment by coquette
    23:47 05/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    @ Anon 18:03

    The only flaw with that argument is that as people get older they tend to get more conservative and inflexible in their attitude.

    Don't forget a lot of these old line hardasses in government today are the leftist university students who rioted in the late 60's.

    Ishihara is a prime example. Considered a hooligan troublemaker in the 50's as opposed to what he became.

    Hardening of the arteries isn't just a physical condition of old age. Hardening of the heart can also be one.

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    Comment by Kiljoy616
    13:55 06/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nice well said, and japan is full of old farts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    it is like that in every country, not just Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 06/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Clearly, the only proper way to make sure that the Civil Servants act in a respectable manner is to make them give all of their money to the Mayor. That way, they won't waste any of their tax-payer funded paychecks on these vile tattoos or private cars.

    It's only logical.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 06/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They would be surprised if they ever came to a hospital in the least to the one I work in....every doctor nurse and even the directors have tattoos...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:42 06/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    In France, there are very few tattooed persons among well-paid workers... most of them being white male

    As you go down the social ladder, tattoos are more and more visible.

    There has never been a public debate in France on tattoos. People just do what they want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    accept you have to imagine that the faimalys that go places, as in the ones with influance, they stamp out all that shit at an early age... you will have a populous that is tolerant with rulers that are intolerant.

    and lets not forget about the japanese tradition of obeying whatever people above you say without question, and anyone who does think for themselves is fucked socially.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:07 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's not forget people with mental problems. They pretty much get ignored.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Let's not forget people with mental problems. They pretty much get ignored".

    Well if that was the case, then there's no way in Hell this mayor would EVER have his way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is very unfortunate. Thing is it doesn't help that many parents seek to hide their child from society should they display obvious mental deficiencies, even from doctors. Severe schizophrenia being one of the main problems in Japan due to this.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No they don't. Case in point, otakus.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 05/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It's OK for one man to have prejudice. We all do; you can't lie to yourself on that one. Like myself, who hates faggots.

    But does my hate for faggots would justify if I, say, wanna segregate all faggots from the straight guys in society? HELL FUCKING NO I don't think so.

    The problem with this guy is that he's in a democratic political system acting like he's a king. Just because he and a few old senile men think tattoos are gross, that doesn't mean he has the license to enact laws segregating tattoo bearers. If he wants to turn his opinions to law, he should aim to become Kim Jong-Un instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:25 07/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should sack the mayor or shut him up, unfortunately it's not gonna happen. Someone should shut that man up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 07/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Child Molesters are further below Murderers and Thieves. They're also hated everywhere.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Actually, on Sancom they're secretly admired.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 06/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You forgot homosexuals in that list of people looked down upon in an average country. Poor gays.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol... probably because Japan has some of the lowest murder rates in the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:51 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol... probably because Japan classifies everything as suicide. Man found dead from 50 slash wounds across his back. Police: Suicide. Case closed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh you are so fucked up in the head. Racism and prejudice are wrong no matter which race you belong to.

    And dude... in the US it is a cycle. Not the first time we get a huge influx of immigrants and it wont be the last. Everytime it happens we get people like you whining all over the place. Check your roots. Unless you are an American native you came in a ship not so long ago.

    As not being able to say whatever you want... pure BS. You just need to accept the consecuences as everybody else would.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:53 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    to be fair the uk doenst have a problem with outsiders in general, like japan does, for them its a bunch of muslims come over to their country and don't/refuse to adjust to society.

    im from the us, most people i know dont give a fuck about foreigners, what they care about is that where they live is over run with them to the point they lose their culture.

    poor black people clump together is most places, and a ghetto is formed, which brings gangs, more drugs than before, and generally violence to the outlying communities.

    mexicans come over in droves, to the point that the common language for parts of ameraica shifted from english, to spanish and its dirivitives.

    there is nothing wrong with racism, in america a white person cant be racist, but in the uk you are allowed to say what ever the fuck word you want, if you are any other race but white, you get to say what ever you want to... america is become to pussified.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan's crime statistics has always been nefariously unreliable especially in the sociological and psychological world...well it's rape and child abuse are.

    Many aspects of Japan I like, but it's definitely a country with it's fair share of specific problems like any other.

    Here in the UK, acceptance of racism has been steadily rising over the last decade with increase of those supporting White Nationalism. To think we're holding the Olympics this year too. Hope you guys can afford a stab proof vest if you're thinking of coming over, especially if you're not White...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's pretty much the same everywhere.
    Old farts with outdated views of moral need to go.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    17:20 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    tis could be the last straw - that gets him voted out of office.

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    Comment by onitake
    22:12 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if the old fart could be sacked for his antics. He's violating several constitutional rights here. And probably some more specific laws too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:30 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He'll take that as an insult and have someone who said it arrested.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:21 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Old people have really bad sense of morals for some reason... they still think we live in the age where the elders rule... they be mad.

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    Comment by Kiljoy616
    14:13 06/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please look at the Middle East now that is where you really find pretty much every kind of intolerance. Considering how the EU is going by letting in so many people so culturally different from them so fast who are not integrating you better believe they are freaked out I be too.

    Japan is different in that they are freaking out of just young people been dumb and full of delusions of how cool they look at 20 which will look hideous at 40.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You can bet on that!
    Here in Hungary a JEWIS wrighter and doctor wrote recently a book in wich he said that hungarians are a lesser race and schould be all put in a psychiatry. And now I heard in the news that he requested the E.U. to give him refugee status becaouse he gets tons of hate mail, and the mean racist hungarians taken away his title of Honorary Citizen. All thesefossils are the same. If you try to be different from the rest, or different than what they think is good they turn into psychos. They should have their brains examined.

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    Comment by Dude
    15:55 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not like don't look down upon murders or thieves as well. Insofar as people of derision to apparently obsess over though: yes, messed priorities.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    16:28 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan can't help it: Otaku=thieves & People with tatoos=murderers to them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:51 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, it's "otaku = sexual deviant"

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's not really prejudice, it's just that anyone with a Tattoo is looked down upon in Japan because of the association with the Yakuza/criminals.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:32 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I wonder why no one mentioned that judging someone based on the fact they have a tatto would be, by definition, prejudice...

    prejudice itself has nothing to do with race or anything. It's a presumption that's usually based on stereotypes and associations common to a short, this...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So if someone is missing a finger they'll be looked down on as well?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 06/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And if you tattoo your finger?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:56 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I mean sure I don't want to look at their stupidity each time I see a person's tattoo but just because someone has a giant nazi swastika on their face doesn't mean he or she is evil.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, theoretically they could be a Hindu, Jain, or Buddhist... realistically, if it looks like a nazi style swastika they're probably a neo-nazi.

    Look, if the guy in question has a true yakuza tatoo, that's one thing, but if he has a bunny holding a heart it's another. We can all tell the damn difference, it's sad this mayor can't.

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    Comment by Kiljoy616
    14:21 06/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What if it was not but you thought it was, remember the Buddhist have a similar looking pattern. Though I have seen a few soldier from hickville USA with Hitlers face on their arm, what losers but when asked they did not even know what the guy was about, or that he was German what does that say about a lot of people who put tattoos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Swastika != nazi(or neo-nazi). The fact that Hitler liked this symbol is a simple misfortune.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I used to work at a restaurant as a waiter when I was like 16, and one day a costumer came in and before I went to take his order I noticed he had a swastika tattooed on his arm. I was so shocked I couldn't believe it so I just had someone else take his order. It was the first time I ever saw a neo-nazi.

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    Comment by henwy

    That's actually a pretty good example really. If someone had a swastika tattooed on their arm or something, I would want that to be a fireable offense in the US if they were in government service.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:24 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    For this reason I want to get a tattoo and work with children in Japan. The picture? A bunny holding a heart, on the inside of my left wrist.

    I wonder what they'd make of that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can top that.
    A bunny holding a heart holding japan.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Duh otakus are looked down globally, your prejudiced is the one that's messed :<

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They are looked down globally? What kind of backwater country did you come from?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:23 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess that would explain the ratings failure of the Big Bang Theory…

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:56 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well here in the U.S. geeks/otaku are usually looked down upon. The irony of it is they watch the superhero movies, but a LOT of them think Comics/Manga are for children.

    Comment by Anonymous

    otaku = internet downloading thieves
    tattoo = gangsters, murderers & rapists

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