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Japan’s glasses ban for working women sparks social media backlash

08.11.19 / The hashtag “glasses are forbidden” has been trending on social media in Japan this week after several local news outlets reported that firms in different industries ban eyewear for female employees. Among the reasons they listed safety reasons for airline workers, or being unable to see make-up properly for women working in the beauty sector. Retail chains reportedly said glasses-wearing shop assistants gave a “cold impression.”

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 sparked a social media backlash.

Full story at BBC News

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