Japan ‘specs ban’ for women at work sparks backlash

Japan ‘specs ban’ for women at work sparks backlash

Japan ‘specs ban’ for women at work sparks backlash

Some local news media said that some companies have "banned" women from using glasses for a variety of reasons.

Among them, some retail chains reportedly said glasses-wearing shop assistants gave a "cold impression".

This has caused problems in Japanese social media about dressing habits and women in the workplace.

As per the Japenese media reports, the companies have banned eyewear for female employees for various reasons, the BBC reports.

"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.

Kumiko Nemoto, a professor of sociology at Kyoto Foreign Studies University, said that the Japanese people responded to the "outdated" policy. "It's unusual to allow men to wear glasses but not women". "This is very discriminatory".

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

"The emphasis on appearance is often on young women and wanting them to look feminine", Banri Yanagi, a 40-year-old sales associate at a life insurer in Tokyo, said in an interview.

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.

Actor and writer Yumi Ishikawa launched a petition calling for Japan to end dress codes after being made to wear high heels while working at a funeral parlour.

Japanese women are now posting photos of their glasses on social media in rebellion.

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