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Japanese women rebel against high heels






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Women in Japan are fed up with wearing high heels to work. Japanese actress Yumi Ishikawa started a movement to end this. The movement has the hashtag KuToo - a combination of the Japanese words that mean "shoe" and "pain". Ms Ishikawa tweeted that companies in Japan should not require women to wear high heels. She started an online petition. It asks Japan's government to stop employers requiring women to wear high heels.

Ishikawa's tweet is spreading across China and South Korea. She told a magazine: "If there are so many people who feel the same as me, why not start some sort of movement." Many women complain about sore feet, back pain and other issues. A visually impaired woman who has to wear high heels at work said it is difficult for her to keep her balance in high heels. Over 70 per cent of women who work in Tokyo wear high heels once a week.

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