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Japanese Women Struggle for Reasonable Dress Codes at Work

SNA (Tokyo) — Yumi Ishikawa, an actress and model, launched #KuToo about sexist workplace rules in Japan requiring women to wear high heels. A campaign collected over 23,000 signatures against the women’s high heel dress code. While not all Japanese companies enforce this dress code, many women do so because of tradition and societal expectations. The Minister of Labor responded, “In general, society accepts that it is necessary and reasonable in the workplace.” The Labor Ministry said it was reviewing the petition and declined to comment further.

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