Women barred from wearing glasses at work

Clay Curtis
November 10, 2019

Tokyo, Nov 8 (SocialNews.XYZ) Some Japanese companies deciding to ban women from wearing spectacles to work has led to widespread condemnation and sparked heated discussions on social media, the media reported on Friday.

In the latest protest against rigid rules over women's appearance, the hashtag "glasses are forbidden" was trending on Twitter in reaction to a Japanese television show that exposed businesses that were imposing the bans on female staff. One post decrying such policies racked up nearly 25,000 retweets.

She said: "The reason why women should not wear glasses ... really does not 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 not about how women do their work".

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More than 21,000 people signed an online petition started by Japanese writer and actress Yumi Ishikawa earlier this year that called for a ban on compulsory high heels at work, in what has been known as the #KuToo movement. The hashtag plays on the Japanese words for shoe (kutsu) and pain (kutsū). Because glasses apparently give a "cold impression" to female staffers, these companies have reportedly said.

This isn't the first time Japan has come under fire for outdated dress codes. "It's only a rule for female workers".

Professor Nakamoto said that Japanese women are still discussing the "criticism of high heels" policy.

"It's generally accepted by society that (wearing high heels) is necessary and reasonable in workplaces", Nemoto said at a Diet committee session, according to the report.

There has been no changes to rules governing dress codes, labor ministry official Ryutarou Yamagishi said by phone.

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