The largest Japanese airlines All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) have canceled the dress code rule requiring stewardesses to wear high-heeled shoes. This was reported by The Mainichi.
“We made this decision to create a suitable working environment for our employees,” the publication quoted the ANA statement. It is noted that the repealed requirement established the height of the heel from three to five centimeters. Now, Japanese air carriers will only encourage their stewardesses to wear shoes with higher soles, the appropriate model of which employees can choose on their own. At the same time, sneakers, sneakers, and sandals will remain banned.
According to The Mainichi, the change in airline policy is due to the Japanese social movement #KuToo, whose members are fighting to free women from the requirement to wear high-heeled shoes at work. The name #KuToo alludes to Japanese words for shoes (“kutsu”) and agony (“kutsuг”), and also refers to the international #MeToo movement against sexual violence. The corresponding petition on Change.org has already been signed by more than 30 thousand people.
Japan remains an extremely conservative country in terms of working conditions. The vast majority of local companies require their employees to come to work only in formal business suits and contact each other only by name. Internal rules govern not only the length of hair, but also the nails of employees, and a working day can last until late at night.