TOKYO: Japan’s well being minister mentioned in response to a petition in search of a ban on requiring ladies to put on excessive heels at work that such costume code expectations are “obligatory and applicable” within the office.
Well being Minister Takumi Nemoto responded on Wednesday to a web based marketing campaign gaining consideration in Japan beneath the hashtag #KuToo, a play on the Japanese phrases for shoe, “kutsu”, and ache, “kutsuu”.
The petition, which has collected 21,000 on-line signatures and remains to be rising, was submitted on Monday to the well being ministry by Yumi Ishikawa, a 32-year-old funeral parlour employee.
She mentioned on Twitter in January she was required to put on 5-7 centimetre (2-Three inch) heels at work, inflicting her ft to harm.
Many Japanese firms might not explicitly require feminine workers to put on excessive heels however many ladies accomplish that due to custom and social expectations.
“I feel it’s throughout the vary of what’s generally accepted as obligatory and applicable within the office,” Nemoto mentioned in response to a query from an opposition lawmaker in a parliamentary committee.
Nonetheless, Nemoto additionally mentioned it may very well be thought-about “energy harassment” if employers required feminine employees who had been injured to put on excessive heels.
Ishikawa mentioned on Thursday Nemoto’s feedback had pushed the difficulty much more into the highlight and wished folks to debate the difficulty critically.
“It looks as if males don’t actually perceive that carrying excessive heels could be painful and result in accidents,” she advised Reuters.
“However even when ladies aren’t harm, I’d like such expectations to be thought-about energy harassment,” she mentioned.
Ishikawa mentioned Nemoto’s remarks would possibly immediate some ladies to carry the difficulty up with their bosses.
“This would possibly spur that type of motion, so I feel that is getting into a superb course,” she mentioned.
The well being ministry mentioned it was reviewing the petition and declined to remark additional.