That's nuts. I think there is a real trend today toward tattoos among the younger generation.Shiroisan wrote:Speaking of tattoos, Osaka's mayor:
right-wing and bat shit crazy. I don't like tattoos either but that's just a tad ridiculousHashimoto 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.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/poli ... th-tattoos
I don't have any personally, but my younger girlfriend has like 9 of them (as does my younger sister). I don't care for them, but they're not hurting anyone. Times change and they just don't view them like society used to. I think the same thing is happening in Japan with the younger generation and this is just the intolerance and stubborn conservatism of the older generation judging the younger generation by their old (and perhaps outdated) standards.
I think tattoos do imply a sense of immaturity, irresponsibility, superficiality, lack of foresight, etc (and that's my personal opinion)... but I certainly don't think they are remotely synonymous with crime and outlaws anymore, like they were in decades past.