#KuToo Campaign Aims to Ban High Heel Dress Code

In Japan, many workplaces require female employees to wear high heels. Actress and writer Yumi Ishikawa is putting her foot down — leading the #KuToo campaign to ban the dress code. 😠👠

Japanese Campaign to Ban High Heel Dress Code

This woman started a #KuToo campaign to ban high heel dress codes — which many workplaces require in Japan. The group is part of the #KuToo movement – a combination of "#MeToo" and the Japanese words for shoes "kutsu" and pain "kutsuu". While many Japanese companies may not explicitly require female employees to wear high heels, many of them do so because of tradition and social expectations, Reuters reports. More than 60 percent of women in Japan have experienced the enforcement of rules requiring them to wear heels in the workplace or while job-hunting, or have witnessed others being forced to wear them, according to a survey conducted by a Japanese business website that reported the findings to a Diet discussion.

Yumi Ishikawa is an empoweting actress and feminism fashion writer who started a petition with more than 28,000 signatures urging the government to ban companies from requiring heels at work according to The movement began in earlier in 2019 when Ishikawa, who works part time at a funeral parlor, tweeted about her frustration with the dress code, which says women had to wear high heels. The original tweet received more than 67,000 likes and nearly 30,000 retweets, Kyodo reports.

But Labor Minister Takumi Nemoto is not on the same page. Japan's labor minister indicates that he will not back a petition to ban dress codes that force women in Japanese offices to wear high heels at work. "It's generally accepted by society that (wearing high heels) is necessary and reasonable in workplaces," Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Takumi Nemoto said during a Diet committee session, according to Kyodo News service. However, Nemoto also said it could be considered “power harassment” if employers required female workers who had been injured to wear high heels.

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


06/14/2019 12:01 PMupdated: 06/14/2019 1:04 PM
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  • Brut
    06/14/2019 14:07

    Japan’s health minister responded to the #KuToo campaign, saying a high heel dress code in certain workplaces is considered “necessary and appropriate.” 🤔 More info on that here:

  • Firoz K.
    06/15/2019 13:16


  • Carla L.
    06/20/2019 06:03

    Force them (men) into wearing heels, see if they still think is necessary....

  • Chad J.
    06/20/2019 12:51

    I'm distracted on the fact how cute she is. 😮 I'm amazed on how someone can be cute and serious at the same time.

  • Md J.
    06/20/2019 18:31


  • Deron N.
    06/20/2019 21:01

    Well that's lame of the government

  • Mariana C.
    06/20/2019 21:02

    Legendária! Parabéns!

  • Cerilia W.
    06/20/2019 21:30

    Keep putting your foot down. Free to choose. 🌹

  • Asif K.
    06/20/2019 21:52

    Meanwhile, in America, women fight against dress codes to be able to wear increasingly sexualized clothing at workplace and schools.

  • Yuki M.
    06/21/2019 00:10

    Que cosas no 😀 en México no dejan que lleves zapatillas y adivinen las mujeres queremos llevarlas

  • Sheemal S.
    06/21/2019 03:02


  • Mubin A.
    06/21/2019 03:31

    I want to wear some sandals instead of shoes. Those are very uncomfortable to wear all day. Let's start a hashtag #pootoo

  • Kabita S.
    06/21/2019 04:40

    : read it!

  • Pema S.
    06/21/2019 04:43

    Let this health minister wear heels for one day..or let say for an hour..then he will understand I guess.

  • Vanessa M.
    06/21/2019 07:57

    O Ministro devia calçar salto alto por uma semana. Depois vir falar ao publico sobre sua experiencia com o calçado.

  • Adjroud H.
    06/21/2019 09:08

    كاواي يا سبي 😀😀😀😀

  • Lana D.
    06/21/2019 09:16

    YAAAAS QUEEN !!! 💖💖💖💖

  • Tanuja K.
    06/21/2019 09:26

    Daring step towards the society. ....we will give all the support through the social media

  • Chukwu C.
    06/21/2019 09:28

    this should make you happy

  • Isuri A.
    06/21/2019 09:52

    What we all have to learn is how to be polite even facing an issue.