2 Japanese among BBC's 100 Influential Women List

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London, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--Two Japanese women, one behind a campaign against women being forced to wear high heels at the workplace and the other a collegiate sumo wrestler, were included in British broadcaster BBC's list of the world's 100 influential women of the year released Wednesday.

Yumi Ishikawa, a model and author, who was tired of the pain she suffered wearing heels at work, started the campaign, named #KuToo, which plays on the Japanese words for shoes ("kutsu") and pain ("kutsu"), drawing inspiration from the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault.

Hiyori Kon, a sumo club member at Japan's Ritsumeikan University, was the subject to last year's award-winning British documentary "Little Miss Sumo," which charted her battle against the tradition of one of the world's oldest sports barring women from competing professionally.

BBC quoted Ishikawa as saying, "We're still in the situation where lots of people don't even realize there's gender discrimination in Japan, and for the #KuToo campaign too, lots of people don't regard it as an issue of discrimination."

"I hope people notice this kind of discrimination in our daily lives, and realize men and women are equal," she said.

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