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They request to ban compulsory use of high heels in Japan

When talking about heels, many adjectives can run through our minds: aesthetics, pain, tiredness, dominance, fashion… among others.

But there are those who no longer seem to tolerate them: the followers of the movement KuToo, in Japan, which follows from the words “shoe” (kutsu) and “pain” (kutsuu) in Japanese, as they ask the government to protect them from places where the use of this type of footwear is required.

Woman in office with red high heels

This initiative was created by Yumi Ishikawa, a 32-year-old actress who shouted from the rooftops that she had to change her profession because she had some difficulty wearing high-heeled shoes for eight hours at a time during training in a hotel. Therefore, she sent a petition to the Ministry of Labor that has been signed by more than 19,000 people, in which she called for the creation of a law that allows the female sector to have the free decision of whether or not to wear heels in their shoes. jobs.

As an important fact, in almost all companies and public bodies in Japan, etiquette rules or regulations require employees to wear skirts and heels.

It is important to mention that not only in Japan has the voice been raised on this issue so that the authorities listen. In 2017, the Philippines and Canada passed laws banning companies forcing women to wear heels, adding that the United States has also expressed dissent over rules that require dress in this or that way.

woman with heels in one hand

Research from Hanseo University in South Korea found through an experiment that wearing high heels more than three times a week can damage four ankle muscles.

Forty young air tourism students were forced to wear heels of approximately 10 centimeters in all their classes. After four years, they ended up with this part of the body totally weakened.

Other negative consequences are: foot malformations (bunions, hammer toes); osteoarthritis, tension in the Achilles tendon and poor circulation.

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