Osaka: “Lady Gaga Isn’t Good Enough For Us!”


Osaka’s mayor has once again been criticising the moral depravity of tattoos, this time warning Lady Gaga that she can forget about working as one of his binmen.

Speaking again about his hatred for tattoos and his desire to sack any Osaka employee with one, Osaka mayor Tooru Hashimoto was cheekily asked by a journalist what he thought of such stars as Lady Gaga and Johnny Depp wearing them as fashion statements:

“If Gaga or Depp wanted to work for Osaka, I’d refuse them. Maybe singers and actors can have them, but it’s unforgivable for a civil servant to have one. Although there’s no way Gaga would accept Osaka.”

Gaga’s tattoos, which could easily be confused with those of some yakuza chinpira and which would doubtless terrify the Japanese public:



When confronted with the prospect of his employees getting inked after starting work for the city, he was even more outraged:

“Why do they think they can do this? They ought to resign, and find some other place which will accept them expressing their individuality.”

He also pointed out that he stopped dyeing his hair brown after becoming mayor, non-black hair apparently also being unacceptable for a public employee of Osaka.

The mayor of Sendai city recently weighed in as well – although her views were the complete opposite of Hashimoto’s:

“I don’t think they are automatically bad. Overseas they are enjoying tattoos, so I think we need only consider this a cultural issue.”

She said she has no plans to investigate her employees for the presence of tattoos. Ishihara has not commented on the issue, but it is not hard to imagine how he feels about the matter.

Hashimoto has repeatedly vowed he will hound anyone with a tattoo out of public employment in Osaka, the only obstacle to this being the unfortunate existence of various legal limits on his power.

His latest step towards this goal was a survey of all 33,000 of Osaka’s employees – a grand total of 110 owned up to having tattoos, most of whom were involved in garbage collection.

He has said he intends to have them reassigned to work where no member of the public could possibly have to look at them.

The authoritarian character of Hashimoto’s rule has become increasingly apparent in recent months – his most recent new policy was establishing a system for allowing citizens to tip off the authorities about businesses which are too brightly lit, so his government can better badger or force them into saving electricity, a move immediately criticised as being a “gestapo” policy.

His long-standing obsession with forcing teachers to bow and scrape before nationalist insignia and his various remarks to the effect that Japan “needs dictatorship” have only strengthened this line of thinking.

Whilst he might otherwise be dismissed as merely an excessively outspoken independent mayor along the lines of Ishihara, there has been increasing speculation as to whether he is grooming himself for a third party entry into national politics, a prospect which has many of his opponents concerned.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:18 18/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    i think tattoos are the least of your worries when it comes to lady Gaga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 18/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    he's right though. tattoos aren't moe, and pretty disgusting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 18/05/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i think this artcle is missing one, very important point: of all the unpopular things hashimoto has done, this is the ONE thing that he is popular in Japan for.

    Comment by Dark Mage

    Hashimoto seems to have few if any redeeming values.

    Also why would Gaga want to work for him?
    She probably makes more in a week then he offically does in an entire year.

    As for tattoos I'd say that's probably one of the less offensive aspects of miss Gaga.

    For some reason she gives off the same type of vibe as Zepar and Furfur.

    Yes I think she might be a trap and possibly some sorta demon.
    But even if both of these were true she still is less creepy then Hashimoto.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool

    His anti tatoo crusade i don't care. Need to find a Yuri loli same sex thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 18/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    lol, what a fail lolicon. it's not "pedo-bear", it's クマー. get with the times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 18/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    22:03 agreed.

    of all the japanese memes white people could mess up. クマー should stay in ufo catchers and in 2ch.

    besides, white people use a different lolicon icon that pedobear now. although it's still pretty underground, so i probably shouldn't say it everywhere. it starts with t though, and ends with o, and is seven characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 19/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shotacon for the win !

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 19/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)



    besides, it actually starts with ( or <

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:35 18/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    exactly. of all the things white people get worked up about, it's having tattoos and expecting to work? really?

    it's like gay people in america complaining about a 2000 year old book not accepting them...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:58 18/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    shame that 2000 years old fairy tale actually have influence on the society :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 18/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)


    in b4 mad jesusbelievers

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 18/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    you mean Jebus or Raptor jesus?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 18/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Zombie Jesus.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:30 19/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lich, not zombie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 19/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    what of shota-jesus ?

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


    in b4 mad jesusbelievers

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:07 19/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zombies are moe. Anime proved it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:40 18/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    some people just have nothing better to complain about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 22/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    or have never even thought of better complaints

    Comment by Dark Mage
    00:56 19/05/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    Actually the bible it's self is not really that clear cut on gays.
    It's actually very vague and many verses can be interpreted to have two very different meanings.
    Also a lot of stuff contradicts as it was several books written over many centuries that were combined.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 22/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    funny how i recall jesus having a harem of guys *wink wink*

    Comment by Anonymous

    That's the thing, people always try to read a deeper meaning in things to suit their opinions. I mean, I don't know about contradictions, the books in the bible were written by several different people from 2000 years ago. But things like the U.S. Constitution were written clear-cut so people could understand the basic principle of the words, but politicians just read it and twist the words as they please. USA's founding fathers must have turned in their graves countless times by now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:57 19/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Tattoos are not disgusting, but GaGa definitely is.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I agree tattoos lead to diseases like hepatitus c

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:20 21/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only if your tattoo artist has no clue what the fuck he's doing. And it's not that hard to find a good artist at all.

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    Comment by Ken Donnelly
    08:46 21/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    no they don't........i know its the internet and toiling is "hip".....but Shut the Fuck Up.....the only way you will get a diseases from a tattoo is if you get one in prison or from an illegal tattoo Irish Catholic and i got 6.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I agree with him, tattoos are really disgusting.

    I wish my country was like Osaka.

    So many people love tattoos, i just feel sad for them

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:10 19/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    why do you feel sad for them?

    everyone loves and hates different things its...well I dont know THE WORLD. See I hate things many people love for example K-ON, but I only hate it because its story is weak, but thats not what K-ON is about (or I could be wrong there). I absolutely respect those who enjoy things I hate, so long as they respect mine ;)

    Comment by Anonymous

    Though saying a story is weak doesn't make it so. I'd like to see you write an anime and keep people interested beyond character models. How would you make the story not "weak"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 22/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    they don't need you pity btw, your existence won't be noticed to them. btw, go live your life as you see fit. with that i mean SOLVE YOUR OWN PROBLEMS! we like tattoos so we put them on, we weren't forced and quit making an issue out of us just because you're stuck with your unsolved promblem

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't see the big deal with scribbles on someone's skin. It's just scribbles...

    Comment by Anonymous

    So are you otakus

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:34 18/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    white person who wishes he was asian and comes to this site everyday to fulfill his fantasies detected

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    Comment by firmboobs
    06:57 19/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    6:08, 22:23, 22:46

    three more anons to add to the list of white people who hate their fat white moms and white dads for making them white babies

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 18/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    As yellow as an unclean white man's piss.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 19/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    yea. golden like piss. shit piss at that ( clicks fingers three times )

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:23 18/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Nope sorry I'm pure golden yellow man

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 18/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    you are idiot.
    freedom is first, later your "moral ideals", maybe you believe in jebus, the stupidity is major

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 19/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, let's just legalize murder.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Butthurted atheist detected

    Comment by Anonymous

    So are you a idiot

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    Comment by Kaoshima
    00:29 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That wasn't even remotely correct grammar. Please never post again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:06 18/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    And I'm sure that you're a paragon of cleanliness in this sick, depraved world.



    Prove it. I'm calling you out. Show us your face, your body and your obviously better and prettier paycheck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:02 18/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    ewww bitch is nasty

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    Comment by DarkWisdom
    23:05 18/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I wouldn't hire Lady Gaga because well she's Lady Gaga and she's revolting degenerate trash. Tattoos wouldn't even come into it.

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    Comment by TonyBaka
    23:13 18/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Really Hashimoto, REALLY?! This is so ridiculous! Japan has bigger problems other than lolicon teachers, tatted workers, and hentai to deal with! Such a big prude he is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 19/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    agreed. besides, two of those "issues" can solve two of their real problems: lolicon teachers can solve the birth rate problem, while hentai can solve the flagging economy.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    09:04 19/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They have much bigger problems then that now even far bigger then the Yakuza threat such as how to keep the lights on?

    Japan shut down 30% of it's power generation capacity there is nothing in place to make up for the lost capacity so do the math.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 19/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    they're importing oil to make up for it.

    but yeah, that was pretty stupid of them to shut off all their nuclear. they'll most likely be back on by the summer though.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The idea will be to ban people with tattoo out of Japan,(japan aryan race?)
    I am amazed that people still there is no fixed place to live after the disasters and more unemployed people in the streets and yet the government is wasting time with nonsense ..
    In the end who is more incompetent young or old decrepit government?

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