From Japan Today, 6/27/12:
The controversial local government survey in Osaka, in which all
employees of the city government were pressured to provide information
about visible and concealed tattoos, has found a further 10 people with
tattoos working in schools in the prefecture, Fuji TV reported.
The survey, requested in May by right-wing Osaka Mayor Toru
Hashimoto, was criticized by lawmakers and teachers throughout the
prefecture, where about 800 teachers and other school workers refused to
respond, saying it infringed on their right to privacy.
Hashimoto launched the crusade to eradicate tattoos from the public
sector, saying that the local government would block the promotion and
advancement of any city employee who declined to respond to the survey
asking them if they have tattoos.
A local lawyers’ group asked Hashimoto to cancel the investigation,
calling it a violation of human rights. However, the survey was pushed
through by the mayor.
Initially, the survey found that 110 workers reported having tattoos,
including sea turtles, moons and dolphins. Many of the respondents work
in public transport and the city waste disposal departments.
This week, the survey turned up 10 school workers with tattoos. One
is believed to be an elementary school teacher and the other nine are
thought to work as janitors or in school cafeterias, Fuji TV reported.
Eight of the respondents said their tattoos were not visible. Two said
that they were visible, but that they covered them up during staff
meetings to avoid disciplinary action.
There has been speculation in the press that Hashimoto’s crusade may
have been influenced in part by his father and uncle, who are rumored to
have been gangsters, Fuji reported. However, the it is not known
whether the two men had tattoos.
A similar story in the Daily Yomiuri Online, 6/27/12, included this quote:
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto told reporters, "I've heard the teacher [with
the tattoo] wants to have it erased, and I hope the teacher has it done
in a way that doesn't shame the teaching profession."
Click here for previous VAOJ coverage of the Hashimoto tattoo issue.