Tattoo in modern Japanese society


“There are even instances of people being asked to leave restaurants and shops because of visible ink. This isn’t selecting a niche clientele; this is downright discrimination.”

It began with a local resident from Osaka visiting city hall to conduct some business. During communication with an employee, the resident caught a glimpse of a tattoo. It most likely was covered up, obscured beneath a collar or shirt, but it was seen. When the resident entered into a disagreement of business in nature with the employee it was enough for him to complain. These things have a way of being blown out of proportion and the same encounter only needed to happen a couple more times before it finally did. The mayor of Osaka city, Toru Hashimoto instigated a war on people sporting tattoos. Many businesses are now forcing employees to stipulate what sort of tattoo they have and where on their body…

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