Osaka Mayor Offers Non-Apology for ‘Comfort Women’ Comments

Toru Hashimoto, the unfortunately loquacious mayor of Osaka, Japan, managed to keep talking long enough to apologize for one offensive comment he made about contemporary American Marines making “more use” of Japan’s local, legal sex industry to “relieve” their sexual energy, and then stand by the other offensive… » 5/27/13 1:30pm 5/27/13 1:30pm

Government Workers in Osaka Forced to Admit If They Have Tattoos

You probably don't have a problem with visible tattoos on people working — whether it be a dolphin on the ankle of the check-out lady at the grocery store or some retro-sailor ink on a cute bartender. But in Osaka, Japan's third-largest city, tattoos are not welcome in the workplace… especially if you're a city… » 6/26/12 1:40pm 6/26/12 1:40pm