Japan 'specs ban' for women at work sparks backlash

Japanese companies ban women from wearing glasses at work because they give a 'cold impression'

Japanese women see red over workplace glasses ban

According to Japanese media reports, the companies have "banned" eyewear for female employees for various reasons, the BBC reported. The women, however, won't stay silent on this development and will fight against the ban. Because glasses apparently give a "cold impression" to female staffers, these companies have reportedly said.

Wearing glasses at work has become an emotive topic in Japan following reports that some firms have told female employees to remove them.

This includes safety reasons for airline staff, or the ability to properly look at makeup for women in the beauty industry.

Kumiko Nemoto, a professor of sociology at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies said these things are outdated. "This is very discriminatory".

"The new bans reflect on old traditional Japanese thinking". "The company... values the women's appearance as being feminine and that's opposite to someone who wears glasses".

This is, however, not the first time the issue of women dress code has come under scrutiny in the country as most recently, the issue of women forced to wear high heels at workplace has also come under debate.

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

Supporters tweeted the petition alongside the hashtag #KuToo in solidarity with her cause, mirroring the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse.

[19445917] picture description Ishikawa Yumi submitted a petition to the Japanese government in June.

The Guardian quoted a since-deleted Tweet from festival director Thierry Frémaux saying, "the rumor saying the festival insists on high heels for women ot he red carpet is unfounded". "That's the message that these policies are sending, at least".

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