In Japan, women were forbidden to wear glasses at work

In Japan, women were forbidden to wear glasses at work

The hashtag "glasses are forbidden" is trending in the country after a Japanese television show exposed businesses that were imposing the bans on female staff. Safety issues were cited as the reason behind the spectacles ban in the airline sector, however people mostly blame culturally established norms as the reason behind the ban.

"These are rules that are out of date", one Twitter user said, while another described the reasons given by employers as "idiotic".

"If wearing glasses is a real problem at work it should be banned for everyone - men and women", said Ishikawa, who started a petition signed by more than 31,000 supporters who agree that standing in heels all day should not be a job requirement for female workers.

The Japanese say that the chiefs run by an old Japanese principles on the role of women, forcing them to force the girls to look a certain way because it supposedly can affect the company's revenues. In March, the females voiced their disagreement with companies asking women to wear makeup at work.

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Retail chains are one of the companies in Japan have banned glasses. Earlier this year, actor and writer Yumi Ishikawa sparked the #KuToo movement to criticize rules that require women to wear high heels to work.

The discussion echoed the recent workplace disputes in Japan caused by high heels. The hashtag plays on the Japanese words for shoe (kutsu) and pain (kutsū).

"Don't tell us what to wear", Japanese women frustrated by the strict workplace dress codes took to Twitter to voice their displeasure. "Companies...the emphasis on women's appearance is feminine, contrary to those wearing glasses", Professor Neimoto said.

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