The KuToo hashtag first appeared in January 2019 after Yumi Ishikawa tweeted about being forced to wear painful high heels at work. Photo: Shutterstock

Japan’s #KuToo movement says a high-heels dress code is workplace harassment

  • Activists want the government to revise laws on power harassment, or ‘pawa hara’, to include forcing female employees to wear heels
  • The KuToo movement has gained momentum, and is one of 10 ‘memorable buzzwords’ for Japan in 2019
Topic |   Japan

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The KuToo hashtag first appeared in January 2019 after Yumi Ishikawa tweeted about being forced to wear painful high heels at work. Photo: Shutterstock
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Crystal Tai

Crystal Tai

Crystal covers business trends and cultural criticism, with a special focus on Northeast Asia, for the Asia desk. Before joining the SCMP, she contributed to Quartz, i-D Magazine, Monocle, Wallpaper, Lonely Planet and other publications. Her broadcast commentary has been featured on BBC Radio, CGTN and other media.