Japanese schools are known for their rigidity regarding the appearance of their students, so much so that students who do not follow the “straight black hair” pattern have to present evidence.
Data released this week by the Tokyo Metropolitan Council of Education show that 44.6% of the city’s 177 secondary schools request this type of “Real hair certificates”.
According to the media company Vice, students who do not follow the “straight and black hair” pattern must provide proof that their hair is really natural, and the certificate must be signed by a guardian. Some schools even ask for childhood photographs to be sure.
The country’s school rules have long been criticized for their rigidity and are considered to violate young people’s freedom of expression. The color of underwear and socks, the shape of the eyebrows and the length of the skirts are among some of these restrictions.
“Telling a student that his natural hair is wrong is like saying that his identity is wrong. AND it is also clearly racist“, Hiromi Kuroi, spokesman for a non-governmental organization that collects information about these school regulations, told the same website.
“Some of these students have no choice but to accept this discrimination. I am concerned about the negative effects on your mental health ”, he lamented.
In 2017, a student from Osaka decided to sue your school for emotional damage, after the teachers repeatedly demanded that she dye her hair, originally brown, black.
Initially, the student acceded to the request, but then stopped doing so. It was then that she began to be discriminated against by the school, having been prevented from attending some classes and barred from study visits.
On the 16th of February, the District Court of this Japanese city forced the local government to pay 330 thousand Japanese yen, about 2,500 euros, less than 15% of the compensation requested by the young woman, now 21 years old. Despite this compensation, the judge determined that the application of these regulations did not violate the law.