If you plan on getting a job in the city of Osaka, you’d better cover up those tattoos! The government in the Japanese city has begun surveying all its employees over whether they have tattoos and, if so, which parts of their bodies have been inked, city officials said.
Starting this month, the Osaka Municipal Government is conducting the survey covering some 38,000 employees. The move was prompted by an incident in February, in which a city employee showed their tattoo to children at a welfare facility. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto ordered the survey be conducted following the incident.
If city officials have tattoos on their arms and legs, the written survey requires them to indicate exactly where and how big the tattoos are, in addition to giving their names.
On May 1, Mayor Hashimoto distributed written instructions to all city employees, stating that “it is inappropriate to work in outfits that will expose your tattoos” and asking them to return their survey responses by May 10.
The survey slip has two simple human figures — front and back — on which the inked among Osaka municipal staff must mark where their tattoos are if anywhere from their shoulders down to their fingers, from the neck up, and from their knees down to their toes.
“There won’t be any legal problem (with the survey),” said an official with the city’s personnel affairs section, adding that the results will be considered during personnel allocation.
The real question is – could people possibly lose their jobs due to visible tattoos?