#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


  • K L.
    07/01/2019 03:38


  • Luis F.
    07/01/2019 00:41

    Its nice to see someone who fights for a good cause, better than fight for something that likes or dislikes in the bedroom

  • Simo B.
    06/30/2019 19:32

    عايز تعرف مين بيدخل علي صفحتك وبيراقبك 😳! اكتب في جوجل whatcub واختار اول موقع انا دخلت علي الموقع اقسم بالله ، انا عرفت مين بيدخل صفحتي بالوقت والتاريخ من موقع whatcub ابحث عنه في جوجل موقع موثوق من جوجل

  • Priyanka T.
    06/30/2019 18:36

    And here,in my country, some fools are dying to be attached with high heels even in the bathroom!

  • قايد ا.
    06/30/2019 16:30

    منورين الدنيا كلها

  • Supratim D.
    06/30/2019 14:50

    Wifu 😍

  • EJ R.
    06/30/2019 14:16

    Mr. Minister, can you try wearing high heeled shoes for two weeks or a month when working? I dare you to do that before saying anything. 😁 Kindly think of the pregnant women at your workplace. Same goes for those women who are always on their feet.

  • Fatima A.
    06/30/2019 13:30


  • Graciella F.
    06/30/2019 04:51


  • Roberto T.
    06/30/2019 03:55

    Nani ?

  • MH K.
    06/30/2019 00:33

    She is right,puting on high hills at the work place by the working women should rather be optional than a compulsion. Otherwise,the rule is discriminatory towards women.

  • Roman P.
    06/29/2019 00:19

    How can you women walk with those things anyway?😒High heels are the stupidest shoes of them all in general.Seem's that they were design for strippers,hoes and porn stars😂

  • Vicky L.
    06/28/2019 19:20

    i Hombres sin cerebros promulgando leyes absurdas y estúpidas !

  • Murugesan
    06/28/2019 14:08

    I will

  • Nwachuku O.
    06/28/2019 13:20

    Senseless response

  • Mei Y.
    06/28/2019 11:34

    Everyone should experience wearing heals before having an opinion on it. I’d sure like to see the ministers try. If “maintaining social norm” was his argument, then he’s missing Yumi’s point of eradicating this very (stupid) social practice and rule — which is based not on medical or scientific reasons, but patronizing twisted preferences. You go girl! 💪💪💪

  • Earl J.
    06/28/2019 11:23

    Go japan, do what you must...

  • Kehinde P.
    06/28/2019 00:05

    am in this...

  • Sorire L.
    06/27/2019 23:03

    These is good idea for make deffrente

  • Maharjan S.
    06/27/2019 15:35

    Wearing heels at workplace seems pointless for me. I dont know why it is mandatory in Japan but what I feel is that she is absolutely right to abolish such norms.

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