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Japanese minister responds to #KuToo campaign by saying crotchless panties 'appropriate"

By Al_Sharpton_for_President follow Al_Sharpton_for_President   2019 Jun 12, 3:54am 634 views   2 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s health minister said in response to a petition seeking a ban on requiring women to wear high heels at work that such dress code expectations are “necessary and appropriate” in the workplace.

Health Minister Takumi Nemoto responded on Wednesday to an online campaign gaining attention in Japan under the hashtag #KuToo, a play on the Japanese words for shoe, “kutsu”, and pain, “kutsuu”.

The petition, which has collected 21,000 online signatures and is still growing, was submitted on Monday to the health ministry by Yumi Ishikawa, a 32-year-old funeral parlor worker.

She said on Twitter in January she was required to wear 5-7 centimeter (2-3 inch) heels at work, causing her feet to hurt.

Many Japanese companies may not explicitly require female employees to wear high heels but many women do so because of tradition and social expectations.

“I think it’s within the range of what’s commonly accepted as necessary and appropriate in the workplace,” Nemoto said in response to a question from an opposition lawmaker in a parliamentary committee.

However, Nemoto also said it could be considered “power harassment” if employers required female workers who had been injured to wear high heels.

Ishikawa said on Thursday Nemoto’s comments had pushed the issue even more into the spotlight and wanted people to debate the issue seriously.

“It seems like men don’t really understand that wearing high heels can be painful and lead to injuries,” she told Reuters.

“But even if women aren’t hurt, I’d like such expectations to be considered power harassment,” she said.

shikawa said Nemoto’s remarks might prompt some women to bring the issue up with their bosses.

“This might spur that kind of action, so I think this is going in a good direction,” she said.

The health ministry said it was reviewing the petition and declined to comment further.


1   Shaman   ignore (2)   2019 Jun 12, 5:43am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Truly high heels are all about what it does to the angle of her butt.
2   rocketjoe79   ignore (1)   2019 Jun 12, 2:04pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

OccasionalCortex says
Japan can be both weird and totally awesome at the same time.

Any country that has vending machines selling used women's panties is simply alien to other cultures. There are other notable alien things about Japanese cultures, but we gaijin will never truly understand. And yet, I too am fascinated.

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