Controversy in Japan about the obligation to wear high heels at work

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Japan’s health minister, Takumi Nemoto, claimed that workplaces that require women to wear high heel shoes are “necessary and appropriate”. This week a petition collected nearly 20,000 signatures against the practice.

During a legislative committee, Nemoto was quoted as saying that “it is socially accepted as something that falls within the realm of being occupationally necessary and appropriate”.

On the otherhand, people supporting the campaign – called #KuToo, a play on words from the Japanese word “kutsu” meaning shoes and “kutsuu” meaning “pain” – claim women face health issues for consistently wearing high-heeled shoes, including bunions, blisters, and pain the lower pack.

Via The Guardian


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