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No putting on make-up on trains, says rail company






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A video from a railway company in Japan has angered women. The Tokyu rail company wants women to stop putting on make-up on trains. The video says: "Women in the city are all beautiful. But they are ugly to see, at times….Please refrain from putting on make-up on the train." The video is one of an eight-part series to educate passengers on rules and good manners. Tokyu has received a lot of positive feedback and will continue to show the video.

Many women said the video is sexist. One woman said she would understand if make-up was dirty or smelly, but that a train company has "no right to tell me whether I look beautiful or ugly". Another woman said Tokyu should instead target people with body odor or people who smell of alcohol. A passenger survey said women putting on make-up was eighth on a list of train nuisances. Also on the list was people talking loudly on smartphones.

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