In the press review of Tuesday, June 15, we will discuss: the establishment of non-gendered uniforms in Chiba, a town hall fighting against discrimination against Koreans and a silk store with traditional know-how.
College tests genderless uniforms
In the municipality of Nagareyama, in the department of Chiba, east of Tokyo, a middle-school which will open in April 2022 has taken action to more inclusion. This new system will allow each college student to to choose or combine the uniforms, regardless of gender. This initiative is gradually spreading to other municipalities to change attitudes about sexual minorities.
A municipality reframes a cosmetics company
The municipal council of Shimotsuma town, Ibaraki county, has terminated his partnership with the company of DHC cosmetic because of a discriminatory message against Koreans living in Japan. The town hall has asked the company to clarify its position officially, which does not take place. The town hall therefore declared: “From the city’s perspective, which respects human rights, we cannot tolerate that DHC does not publish the official position of the company“. After solicitation the company did not wish to comment on this matter.
The tradition of silk
In a small shop in Tôkyô, a father and his son continue to produce articles woven with silk. They make what we call kumihimo or assembly of wires. This weaving method dates back to the Edo period (1603-1867), when the population wore kimono or yukata. The kumihimo, a braided silk cord, was used to tie the belts kimonos or overcoats of kimonos, the haori.