Have a tattoo? Whether it's a tiny heart on your wrist or a giant butterfly on your shoulder, you'd be under fire for having a visible tattoo if you're a government employee in Osaka, Japan. The city is cracking down on tattoos in the workplace, forcing government employees to admit where they're inked and even ordering them to get their visible tattoos removed -- not exactly a simple, cheap, or pain-free process.
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Tattoo laws are known for being pretty strict in Japan, even banning tattooed guests from going to certain gyms or water parks. Osaka's mayor is particularly concerned with tattooed teachers, because they could be "intimidating for the children." Schoolteachers with tats won't be fired, but they will be required to remove their tattoos if the students could potentially get a glimpse.
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While the United States is a little more relaxed in comparison, certain companies do require employees to cover their visible tattoos. Disney World is super strict when it comes to appearances, asking employees to cover up visible tattoos and piercings. Disney is only second to the military in the tattoo crackdown department, which requires soldiers not to have any tattoos showing when they're in uniform.
What do you think? Are these tattoo laws helpful, harmful, or just pointless?
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