Published: Sun, November 10, 2019

Japanese women fight for right to wear glasses to work

Japanese women fight for right to wear glasses to work

Because glasses apparently give a "cold impression" to female staffers, these companies have reportedly said. Instead, netizens have started a debate over the news.

'If the rules prohibit only women to wear glasses, this is a discrimination against women, ' Kanae Doi, the Japan director at global advocacy group Human Rights Watch, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Friday.

She said: "The reasons why women are not supposed to wear glasses... really don't make sense".

They included safety reasons for airline workers, or being unable to see make-up properly for women working in the beauty sector. It's all about gender. In March, women railed against the common requirement that women wear makeup at work.

In a freaky case has come to light from Japan where many companies have banned women from wearing spectacles at workplace. One of the internet users also said that the movement "glasses ban" is a clear example of "how society can improve" and let go of the social problems.

Supporters tweeted the petition alongside the hashtag #KuToo in solidarity with her cause, mirroring the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse.


The hashtag plays on the Japanese words for Kutsu, which means shoes, and Kutsuu, which means pain.

"The emphasis on appearance is often on young women and wanting them to look feminine", Banri Yanagi, a 40-year-old sales associate at a life insurer in Tokyo, said in an interview.

In Japan, wearing high heels is obligatory when a woman or a girl is applying for a job.

In response, a Japanese minister said dress code expectations were "necessary and appropriate" in the workplace.

Prof Nemoto said there continues to be discussion by women in Japan "criticising the high heel" policies.

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