The mayor of Osaka, Japan, Toru Hashimoto has waged "war" on bureaucrats that wore tattoos. The ex lawyer/ Tv personality has implemented a mandatory survey that demanded that all public employees, including teachers "confess" if they were tattooed. From a compulsory survey of more than 32000 workers, 113 bureaucrats and 10 of 17000 teachers admitted to having tattoos. The Osaka survey asked employees to disclose both visible and concealed tattoos. They were also required to detail what the subject matter was and how long they had had them.
This crackdown was initiated because a welfare officer "made co-workers very uncomfortable" by showing up to work regularly in a T-shirt, which revealed a shoulder tattoo. The city, in reaction to the mayors survey is now considering relegating the tattooed bureaucrats away from positions that require daily interaction with members of the public to a “behind-the-scenes” role. There are also talks about making the ink slingers either remove the tattoos or find new jobs in the private sector.