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:
First I thought, “what fresh hell is this?” But then I remembered being forced to wear v.high heels before and after flights and change them as we landed, so that passengers wouldn’t be forced to see us in our unsightly lower heels as we waved them goodbye. #glassesareforbiddenhttps://t.co/KsbMGuoKai pic.twitter.com/XINBn8IHo6Advertisement
— LorriPop (@TheLorriPop) November 8, 2019
— Tonya The Golden Eclectic (@castlemeup123) November 8, 2019
Amid headlines that companies in Japan are banning women from wearing glasses at work, here is a selfie of me wearing mine in protest. Let women wear what they want, stop trying to control us (and our bodies!). #glassesareforbidden pic.twitter.com/3j4FQgPBbZ
— Rose LaBreche (@RoseLaBreche) November 8, 2019
Japan bans woman from wearing glasses at work. Smfh, the world we live in. #glassesareforbidden
— Emilio (@your_jefa) November 8, 2019