5pool wrote:what the .. is it even legal to ask about tattoos? putting it under the medical section seems shady, and if i were applying i would totally view that as a way to discriminate against me. if they are easily hidden, then i would lie. not like they could ever find out.
I agree, this is pretty clearly discriminatory. What "medical" reason do they have for asking this? I'm going to guess a few too many tattooed JETs tried to jump into an onsen or the school pool, the COs were embarrassed and are now telling CLAIR they want ALTs with no tattoos.
This could also be considered an invasion of privacy, since a JET's future CO receives a copy of his or her full application, meaning right away anyone who reads it (supervisors, principals, etc) will know about the ALTs tattoos.
I could see JET asking people to disclose any tattoos that would NOT be easily covered by everyday work clothes. But for anything easily hidden, JET should add a blurb about tattoos (make sure they're not visible at work, be prepared to cover them at pools and onsen) to the Handbook or some orientation material and call it good.