We often come across different and weird regulations which the Japanese government imposes; only a “white-underwear” policy is a part of it. Once again, an absurd regulation is being passed by the government of Japan, as it bans “pony hairstyle” for girls, saying that it might “excite” and sexually seduce men.
The schools put in effect the above-mentioned regulation, asking female students not to tie a pony, as it gives exposure to their necks. This can “sexually exhilarate” the male population.
One of the former middle school teachers – Motoki Sugiyama, in conversation with a media house, cited, “They are worried boys will look at girls, which is similar to the reasoning behind upholding a white-only underwear colour rule. I have always criticized these rules, but because there is such a lack of criticism and it becomes so normalized, students have no choice but to accept them“.
Although, the schools are gathering a lot of criticism amid their several strange regulations.
Saga’s Prefecture board of education carried out a study in around 51 middle and high schools, which revealed that at least 14 schools of this the aforementioned number had implemented the policy of “white-underwear requirement”. Meanwhile, later on, the education board unregulated the policy.
As per the information, since the past academic year, no inspections were carried out on the female student’s underwear, the policy which faced a widespread fuss. People called the policy “disgusting”, adding that it invades and violates the students‘ human rights and privacy.
Staff members were asked to check the colour of underwear of female students, during changing of their clothes for the sports. Some of them even pulled their female classmates’ bra straps during last year, when the white-underwear regulation was in effect.
Following the above incidents and huge criticism, the education board finally decided to amend its decision and repeal the policy.