Japanese mayor discriminates against tattooed employees–Ridiculous?
Mayor Toru Hashimoto of Osaka, Japan wants all city employees to be tat free, and he encourages all inked public workers to find jobs in the private sector. Facing a potential law suit, the mayor holds his ground, stating he wouldn’t hire the likes of Lady Gaga due to her body art. What are your thoughts on Mayor Hashimoto’s actions?
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TOITWIN on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:23 am
I think the fact that japan as of right now still has a very horrible look at Japan and as a person with several tattoos. I find that the mayor is in the right really. Most of the people in japan got it done, just because they could now, I realize this, but If the mayor doesn’t want to show how much their culture is affected by one decision of revoking something’s illegal label. It also shows how much like America Japan is trying to become.
EdgeOfGlory on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:29 am
I’m sure Lady Gaga is losing sleep at night because she has no chance of being on of Mayor Hashimotos garbagemen.
FilmFanAugust on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:44 am
I don’t have any tattoos in fact I don’t like them but tattoos are considered a form of art and art is expression; I wouldn’t want to repress anyone’s right to express themselves. I think making a negative generalisation and discriminating against those who do wear them is petulant and dictating. But that’s just how I feel about the issue.
CMPunkette1 on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 2:06 am
As a person with tattoos I kind take offence to this. I understand that some people get tattoos because of gangs and stuff but what about the people like me who’s tattoos mean something to them? Are we not deserving of high paying jobs? People all have there own way of expressing their feelings and if it’s by way of a tattoo then no one has the right to judge them. A persons job as an employer is to hire people who can do the job and get things done. What’s on their skin has nothing to do with it but hey that’s just my opinion. To each his own I guess…
LukeLovesBootay on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 1:59 am
If this was a private-sector employer, fair enough. This is a mayor, he is payed through taxes and so are his employees, taxes people who have tattoos pay. So either he needs to get over his own prejudices, or stop taxing people with tats in the first place.
LpKat on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm
who the **** cares what people want to do with THEIR skin. it’s not yours so stfu and mind yours *****!
Bombadil on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm
Tattoos were illegal in Japan since the Meiji Restoration, and practiced in secret by Yakuza mobsters. While laws have eased up, there is still a negative social stigma. It’s not our place to cast uninformed judgments on their culture.
xXkaebbyXx on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm
It’s the employer’s right to choose who he hires — if appearance is a factor that will affect job performance and company image, he has every right to not hire them.
Dchange2 on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm
right decision mayor. be tat-free or get the **** out