As you probably know already, Japanese schools have quite the reputation of enforcing some truly weird rules. However, one of these rules is so creepy that we can’t believe it existed in the first place Namely, students in Japan are required to wear only an all-white underwear.
This particular rule has been enforced to horrifying effect in many Japanese schools, and staff members in certain schools have been reportedly tugging on female students’ bra straps or monitoring them while they change into their sports outfits to see whether they wear all-white underwear.
Thankfully, there have been some rule changes in the last few months, especially after millions of Japanese citizens called for the policies that infringe on privacy and potentially violate human rights to be erased.
As it turns out, the Saga prefecture’s board (which is a Japanese governing body) addressed the regulations and finally came to an agreement to abolish the dated policies, and from the beginning of the 2021 school year, there will no longer be any checks on the color of the students’ underwear!
Accordingly, other Japanese school will ditch the dated rules concerning the underwear, as well as other rules such as the prohibition of using lap warmers, or disallowing character straps on school bags and strict colors for socks and sweaters.
The schools have agreed that the students should be allowed to make such decisions for themselves without any harm to their academic results.