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Japan’s Abe Says Women Shouldn’t Be Forced to Wear Heels

Commuters in Tokyo.

Commuters in Tokyo.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Women can’t be forced to suffer impractical dress codes, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in response to a question about a social movement to end practices requiring female workers to wear high heels.

It is difficult however for the government to make a decision involving private company rules on the issue, and the matter needs more discussion with the involved parties, he said.