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Japanese women speak out about appearance standards in the workplace

November 22, 2019

According to Japanese women, glasses do not meet the appearance standards in the workplace.

According to Japanese women, glasses do not meet the appearance standards in the workplace
According to Japanese women, glasses do not meet the appearance standards in the workplace / Ph: pexels

It is reported that women in Japan who wear glasses for work are reminded by their employers. And this ban has caused opposition from the majority of women here.

Appearance standards in the workplace for Japanese women

According to recent reports from Japan Nippon TV and Business Insider Japan, women from a range of industries report that they are being reminded by their employers about wearing glasses when working. For example, a nurse at a cosmetic hospital had dry eyes after hours of exposure but was not allowed to wear glasses. A domestic airline is said to not allow its employees to wear glasses for safety reasons. Some restaurants said the female staff’s glasses did not match their traditional attire.

Earlier this year, Japanese women began to express discomfort with the appearance standards in the workplace restrictions  through the #KuToo movement. In fact, The term #KuToo is a triple pun, playing the Japanese words kutsu (shoes), kutsuu (pain) and the #MeToo movement.

On the other hand, some people on social media have compared the controversy over glasses to restrictions on clothing in schools in Japan. For example, many schools in Japan require students to have black hair and style in certain ways.

Not only Japan, last year, a South Korean morning news host surprised many people when she wore glasses on-air – as some male colleagues do. This is a change from her previous look, so whether or not this is a silient revolution?

In response to this situation, these women filed a petition in June, asking the government to convince companies not to ban dress codes that discriminate against women, including requirements, prohibit women from wearing high heels, makeup, or glasses.

Many Japanese women are hoping to eliminate discriminations against women by these restrictions on the appearance standards in the workplace.

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