In Osaka, the local education authority has fined a 23-year-old school clerk from having tattoos on her body.
In June 2012, the city’s code of ethics was revised after a child was frightened by the tattoo on the arm of a municipal official.
“If tattoos of city employees are seen by the public, the city government will lose its credibility because they will make people feel nervous and intimidated,” Hashimoto, the city’s mayor, said in a memo to all city staff.
All of Osaka’s 38,000 employees were asked to fill out a form stating where their tattoos are. All tattoos that are exposed to the public must be disclosed.
Since tattoos are closely related to the yakuza, the society has formed a stigma against those who have marked their skin.
Meanwhile, the school clerk has said that she will undergo surgery to have her tattoos removed.