#KuToo: Japanese women against high heels in the workplace

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A group of Japanese women has offered a petition to the government to protest against the unwritten rule that women must wear high heels at work.

The #KuToo campaign, which plays with the Japanese words ‘kutsu’ (shoes) and ‘kutsuu’ (pain) and also refers to the #MeToo movement, was launched by actress and writer Yumi Ishikawa after a tweet in which she complained about her painfully high heels went viral in no time.

The petition has since been signed more than 19,000 times.

At many Japanese companies, female employees are expected to be flawlessly dressed and that almost always includes high heels.

“I hope that this campaign will change social standards so that women can look just like men without being considered rude,” Ishikawa says in the Japanese media.

Also dress code for men under fire

According to Ishikawa, the government officials of the Ministry of Health, Work and Welfare were not unwilling to hand over the petition.

“We have asked for the introduction of laws that prohibit employers from forcing women to wear high heels,” the woman says.

The ministry itself has not yet commented.

In the meantime, people who signed the campaign are calling for the formal dress code for men to be released too: most men who work in cities in offices are often obliged to appear in suits at work.

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1万人を超えました! メールアドレスとお名前だけで署名ができます。 問題点: ①性別によって同じ職場で強制される服装が違うこと ②健康を害してまで強制されるマナーとは? 「厚生労働省宛: #KuToo 職場でのヒール・パンプスの強制をなくしたい!」 https://t.co/q61K5E2TVw @change_jpより


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Growing up, all  Yuto wanted to do was read. Considered a “nerd”, he was always fascinated with things going on nationally and internationally. Therefore, making the decision to attend college for journalism seemed like the obvious choice, and one that paid off greatly. Besides being an Aikido coach for kids, he dedicates quality time to his expanding family.

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