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Japan 'specs ban' for women at work sparks backlash

10 November 2019

After this decision, the controversy has been sparked over the decision and heated discussions have been made on a social media platforms.

However, It is not clear whether the ban was based on company policies or instead reflected what was socially accepted practice in those workplaces.

"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.

The prohibition on glasses by some firms is the latest flash point for professional women in Japan.

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

"The new bans reflect on old traditional Japanese thinking". In March, women railed against the common requirement that women wear makeup at work.

Wearing glasses at work has become an emotional topic in Japan.

The movement attracted a stream of support and a strong social media following.

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"Women are evaluated mostly on their appearance", she said.

From mandatory high heels to a recent ban on eyeglasses, Japanese women are pushing back against restrictive dress codes in the working environment.

Supporters posted a tweet on the #KuToo theme tag, consistent with her career, reflecting #MeToo's campaign against sexual abuse. The hashtag plays on the Japanese words for shoe (kutsu) and pain (kutsū).

Activists say that high heels must be worn when applying for a job.

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"Don't tell us what to wear", Japanese women frustrated by the strict workplace dress codes took to Twitter to voice their displeasure.

Japan 'specs ban' for women at work sparks backlash