More Women in Japan Complaining of Being Forced to Wear Heels


Tokyo, Feb. 26 (Jiji Press)--More women in Japan are raising their voices online in protest against suffering sore feet and back pain because they are forced to wear high heels in the workplace.

This campaign, named #KuToo, which plays on the Japanese words for shoes ("kutsu") and pain ("kutsu"), was inspired by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault. A signature-collecting campaign to urge the Japanese government to tackle the issue is gathering momentum online.

Their complaints include those about bleeding, stiff shoulders, bunions and backaches from wearing heels.

A visually impaired woman in her 20s, who is forced to wear high heels at work, said that it is difficult for her to keep her balance and not to fall over if she trips on something outside.

A survey has found that some 70 pct of women working in central Tokyo and other locations wear high heels at least once a week.

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