Hey guys, this is my first time posting on the official forums (I more frequently post on ITIL
) s please excuse me if I speak out of turn.
I have tattoos and this is my second year of applying (I failed to make it to interview last year), when I applied last year I emailed the Embassy in London to tell them of my tattoos and if this would effect my application and they gave me a response along these lines. ..
Thank you for your e-mail and further information regarding your tattoos. Tattoos do have negative connotations within Japanese society, therefore if you were selected for the JET Programme you would be expected to keep these covered at all times both during and outside of work. It may also be difficult to find a contracting organisation in Japan who would be happy to employ you with you tattoos, although we have had varying experiences of this in the past. These issues would be discussed should you be called to interview.
Please note that this issue will not affect your application to the JET Programme at this stage, but would be assessed by interviewers should you be called in for interview.
As i say this was from last year.
I have sleeves (both arms and one leg) plus a chest, torso and a back tattoo. However these are completely hidden with a long sleeve shirt.
I think having to mention tattoos on the medical form is a really good idea by JET this year, particularly for people who have large tattoos because if you dont mention it you could be in for a rough time if you get placed within a really traditional area, plus constantly worrying about whether your covered up could cause added stress you dont need with a new job in a new country !
I also took the opportunity, when mentioning my tattoos on my medical form, to mention the fact that in my family tattoos are a sort of tradition. All the men in my family have tattoos, and with a large military/naval tradition, its almost expected. So I'm hoping that JET can understand that and put me through to interview. Im hopnig that was a good move haha
Someone aboved mentioned scars? I asked the same question on ITIL last year as I have skin grafts to both my knees, a large surgical scar from a collar bone fixation and a very prominent scar on my hand/finger from having it partially rebuilt (aahh the trials of a motorcyclist . . . ) I was assured by several members that people wont really care if you have scars, particularly surgical ones, as they had seen many Japanese with scarring etc. Scars are just burdens some of us have to bear it would seem, whatever are origins