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Outrage as Japan bans only women from wearing glasses at work sparks backlash — #glassesareforbidden

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REALLY Japan? You do realize all people wear glasses to, like, SEE, right?, one commenter wrote.

Wearing glasses at work has become an emotive topic in Japan following reports that some firms have told female employees to remove them.

Several local news outlets said some companies had “banned” eyewear for female employees for various reasons.

Among them, some retail chains reportedly said glasses-wearing shop assistants gave a “cold impression”.

That has sparked heated discussion on Japanese social media over dress practices and women in the workplace.

The Nippon TV network and Business Insider were among the outlets to report on the issue, which looked at how firms in different industries prohibit women from wearing glasses.

They included safety reasons for airline workers, or being unable to see make-up properly for women working in the beauty sector.

It was not clear whether the so-called “bans” were based on company policies, or rather reflected what was socially accepted practice in those workplaces.

But the topic has led to heated debates on social media.

The hashtag “glasses are forbidden” has been popular in Japan and the topic continued to attract tweets on Friday.

See few reactions below:

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