This article by Shiho Fukada & Keith Bedford originally appeared in BBC
#KuToo quickly became a movement aiming to stop employers from demanding that women to wear high heels. Ishikawa has collected over 30,000 online signatures for a change.org petition, and in June called for the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare to ban companies from pressuring women to wear certain types of shoes. In response, Japan’s health minister stated that heels are “necessary and appropriate” in the workplace. While not all Japanese companies demand high heels for female employees, his remarks reflect a pervasive mentality and gendered social pressure.
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