From the BBC:
Thai police have arrested a Japanese yakuza boss on the run for 15 years after pictures of his tattoos went viral on Facebook.
Shigeharu Shirai is accused of murdering a gang rival in 2003.
The photographs of the 74-year old fugitive’s elaborate yakuza tattoos were taken by a local person in Thailand unaware of his identity.
The mafia-like yakuza gangs have been part of Japanese society for centuries and have an estimated 60,000 members.
I expect things have changed and tattoos are now more common among Japan’s non-criminal class, but there was a time when one was almost exclusively linked to the other. I discovered when I was in Japan that most swimming pools or saunas in hotels have a sign saying “No Tattoos”, and it took me a while to figure out this is a polite way of saying “No Yakuza”, presumably because ordinary Japanese don’t want to find themselves mixing with a bunch of organised criminals.
What Australian hipsters, or indeed British engineers with ill-advised tattoos, do when they turn up on ski holidays I don’t know. Perhaps they’ve amended their policy to overlook a Southern Cross neck tattoo or tramp stamp, but would still eject anyone with the full t-shirt.