If some of the world’s biggest names in show business ever consider a career change they have been told not to do it in Osaka.
Movie stars such as Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, pop sensation Lady Gaga and our very own footballer David Beckham have been warned they would not be employed in the Japanese city.
Why? Because mayor Toru Hashimoto has said that he would not employee people with tattoos in the public sector.
According to NBC News Mr Hashimoto this week said that public employees ‘should go to the private sector’ if they want to keep their tattoos.
Asked by a reporter about Hollywood stars with tattoos, the mayor responded, ‘If Johnny Depp or Lady Gaga asked to become Osaka city employees, I would just say “no”‘.
His apparent dislike of body art, came amidst a survey carried out by city authorities which found out that more than 100 sanitation, public transport and other workers admitted to having tattoos.
However, Sayuri Ohashi, a lawyer who represents Osaka workers, defended the right of people to decorate their bodies.