Osaka Will “Deal With” 200 Tattooed Employees


Continuing his crusade against the evils of tattoos, Osaka mayor Tooru Hashimoto has vowed to “thoroughly deal with” 200 tattooed city employees.

After scandals ranging from the discovery that some city employees have tattoos to the news that one of them took drugs and some have been smoking in non-smoking areas, the mayor has set up a special investigations team to root out the criminal deviants.

He recently held yet another press conference to this effect:

“We seem to have over 200 employees with tattoos. This is abnormal, I’ll deal with them.”

“Anyone can tell whether a tattoo is appropriate for a government employee. A bad thing only makes for a bad atmosphere.

I do what I say I’m going to do.”

However, members of his taskforce have admitted they may actually have some difficulty catching tattooed employees. The source of his “200” number is not clear, as the investigations have not yet actually begun.

As might be expected of the Japanese aversion to tattoos and insufficient conformity, his scheme is gaining wide approval online – although much less than was previously evident, the novelty of bashing a new group presumably having been eclipsed by the obnoxious nature of his outbursts:

“Time for some compulsory examinations!”

“Tattoos do not match Japanese society.”

“They should make public pictures of their tattoos. What’ll the whiners say when they see a bunch of yakuza tattoos?”

“Sack anyone with a tattoo.”

“You can cut the tattoos off them as well, can’t you?” [Japan apparently regards tattoo removal as a way of punishing the tattooed with torture]

“Sack any delusional mayors too, while you’re at it.”

“More of his prejudiced outbursts…”

“Send those tattooed employees back to their syndicates.”

“Osaka should just ban all tattoos everywhere.”

“This from the guy who shocked the lawyer profession with his dyed hair. Wasn’t that associated with hoodlums as well?”

“He’s easy on himself, harsh on others.”

“Listening to this guy go on about this stuff, I can’t help but wonder if the people really elected their mayor for this stuff?”

“Where did he get this ‘over 200’ number anyway? If he doesn’t know and is just guessing it seems pretty dodgy to be saying this stuff…”

“He’s just deluded.”

“His supporters are such idiots that they soon forget anything he says, so it doesn’t matter.”

“He sure loves bashing civil servants.”

“He’s trying to halve the number of civil servants, so I think he’s using issues like this to breach their defences.  I think he could perhaps manage 30% cuts with only proper reasons.”

“Keep bashing them! But what we really need is a ban on employing Koreans in the civil service.”

“I don’t think just having tattoos is that bad, but are there really yakuza city employees in Osaka?”

“Some syndicate got 200 in it seems.”

“Do they have any legal basis for all these searches and sackings? How did he find these ‘200’?”

“I keep saying, we need to distinguish between ‘irezumi,’ ‘horimono’ and ‘tattoos’ here.”

“It hardly matters, you still get banned from all pools, bathhouses, etc., whatever type they are.”

“Look at all the yakuza apologists in here now!”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 24/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Couldn't they file a lawsuit for being fired just because of a tattoo?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Japan's unfair dismissal laws are pretty weak, especially in the context of government positions. And even if they happen to be shielded by the law, the Japanese have a wonderful way of shutting employees in the proverbial closet by reassigning them to terrible positions with no chance for advancement until they drive the person to quit or worse.

    But for an actually detailed answer to your question you're going to need to find someone familiar with Japanese law.

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    Comment by Gradius
    11:05 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "To quit" in this case means nothing else but suicide!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Suicide is reserved for those who deserve an honorable death.

    He should be banished to the Kuril Islands instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The method you describe is called "constructive dismissal", and is grounds for an unfair dismissal lawsuit in quite a few countries. I'd be surprised if Japan hadn't followed the US in this regard.

    05:41 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    By the books they should be able to sue and this should even require Tooru Hashimoto to eventually step down in shame.
    But unfortunately people listening to their r-complex or even the nerves in their colon vs their neocortex think tradition should override the law are a very vocal minority that all too often get their way no matter how brainless their point is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:03 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    will be ignored or 100% lose.
    Japan is not USA.
    It's a country where culture and traditions stands above the law.
    These motherfuckers are, contrary to popular belief, god damn archaic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is horrible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:03 24/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    What a silly bunch of retards lol..

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    01:17 24/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Japan's politicians...are quickly disenfranchising it's own people...

    05:33 24/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They make the extreme right GOP in the US almost seem sane.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell, they make the extreme centrist in the US seem sane. (heck let's cover all of the bases shall we?) Ah, I almost forgot the independents. Let's throw them in too!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 26/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Let the japanese continue their tattoo stigma, instead of bowing to all these "progressive" western ideals.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:51 27/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @02:46 Yeah, guy. And it's EXACTLY that ancient Jap tradition of TATOOS that the fucking JAP GOVERNMENT IS CLAMPING DOWN ON.


    Who---TRADITIONALLY---has covered 95% of their bodies in TATOOS??

    It ain't Westerners. Best we can manage is 40%.


    The Jap Government is declaring war on YAKUZA BODY-ART.

    If you can't see that then you're mentally challenged.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 27/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't know what progressive western ideals you're talking about. Tattoos have always been part of Japan's history. Tattoos are an ancient part of world history, even.

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    Comment by Manji88
    09:46 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Hell, they make the extreme LEFT in the US seems almost sane, a much more difficult act.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:27 24/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    These politicians need to be Akumetsu'd.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:59 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    naa these politician want to body search female employee it makes free from sexual harrassment charge.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    03:42 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Soaplands and brothels are borderline acceptable, but tattoos are considered taboo...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    like i've said, once the old people die out we might have a very sane and very chaotic world.

    and by chaos I mean partying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:33 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @07:30 Apparently it seems to be working. There's a lot of dumbasses getting distracted by the "shiny object" he's holding in front of people right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because Soaplands & Brothels are all run by the YAKUZA.....who fund all of Osaka.

    The mayor is blasting tatoos in an attempt at misdirection. He's publicly distancing himself from the tatooed Yakuza in the hopes that no one with a triple-digit IQ looks any deeper.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:06 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Huh, what was that, I was looking at the shiny thing

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh priorities.

    Comment by Anonymous

    before you ever use the word "disenfranchise" again, look it up in the dictionary first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are many woman in japan that got their eyebrows tattooed so they don't need to draw them on with a pencil, also many famous japanese artists got tattoos. They are just search for a reason to get rid of employees.

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    Comment by ribaudequin
    01:39 24/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I have a 100 € bill tattooed in my penis so i can see my money grow .

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Beware of "keep the change" comments.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Too bad it doesn't grow much in this economy

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:59 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Beware of the Shrinking Euros!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Don't be a fool, you can't have it tattooed "in" ... ffs learn some grammar

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:09 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Someone hasn't noticed that "i" and "o" are next to each other on the keyboard...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Grammar from someone using "ffs" as an acronym instead of typing out the whole three words?

    Dare I say it.... LOLFAIL.

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    Comment by fxc2
    00:23 24/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    While the rest of the civilized world is still waiting for the Japanese to stick their head out of the primordial muck...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I have yet to see anything civilized in this word. Find me a country that doesnt complain about anything, doesnt have any crime, and wont judge you for how you dress, or if you have a tattoo, then I might acknowledge some part of the world being so.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:44 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Italy comes pretty close, actually

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:23 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sweden isn't civilized unfortunately but the rest of the nordic countries are ok still.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:28 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd say Norway Finland Denmark Sweden

    Comment by Anonymous

    I think it should be brought to attention that for centuries Japanese tattoos have basically acted as symbols of yakuza identification, in contrast to the United States where people get tattoos out of purely personal preference. To this day, a person with japanese-styled full body tattoo almost certainly constitutes mob involvement. Japanese disdain for tattoos stem from this, and it's fully understandable that citizens would not want even a hint of mob involvement in their civil servants, which is precisely how Hashimoto's getting support for his actions.

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    Comment by fxc2
    01:28 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A country that is as technologically advanced and internationally involved as Japan should be able to understand that things are changing. Cultures are merging, languages are merging, customs, races, everything is. It's not actually a revelation, just the way humanity evolves and has always evolved. Preservation of culture is of course important - but most of the Japanese single-mindedly reject foreign cultural influences, foreign languages, foreign immigrants and if they don't let go, that will come to bite them in the ass in the near future, not to mention a century from now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 26/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Intelligence and the empathy to understand should not shame a people into not deciding for themselves. Respect japan's choice to take control of their own country. Placing too much emotion into another people's affairs is a form of endearment and seeks to give guilt to innocent people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Some enterprising yakuza should kidnap Hashimoto and tattoo his ass. This would be comedy gold.

    05:47 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually they should maybe put something like boy toy across his head or chest and a tramp stamp that says c--k goes here with arrows pointing to his ass.

    Also they need to make sure to dump him back on the streets naked near a large number of people.
    I suggest Tokyo Big sight or Akihabara.

    I watched Frisky Dingo one too many times.

    He'll have to travel to the US or Europe to get them removed and there will be a scandal as to why he had to go to a foreign country for surgery.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "In other news, Hashimoto will now require all females to undergo a full body inspection, performed by Hashimoto himself."
    Secret plans, this guy has them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So Kim JunnKill the Second of North Korea still lives and thats his new name?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He is trying to make threats by making frame ups and fakes crimes in obeying his own instincts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll imagine he'll "deal with it" in ways only a ninja can.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh japan, the only place in the world that thinks they are above the rest of the world when they are no better than the germans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:31 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    and Germans aren't half as bad as USA

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look man, I don't know how you deduced that Japanese think themselves better from this post, all i see here is you mouthing off on them and germans. Not I'm defending anybody, just cut it out with the delusions, k?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm serious - what the fuck is wrong with these people?

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