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Apparently kids just can’t learn properly if they’re wearing any other shade.


As we’ve discussed before, Japanese school dress codes can be extremely thorough. Not only are most students required to wear uniforms, some schools even go so far as to regulate which bags they’re allowed to carry their books in and which brand of shoes they’re allowed to wear during gym class.

But even within that social context, many people were startled to find that some schools in Tokyo go so far as to dictate what color of underwear pupils have to wear.

Atsuko Kaizu, a municipal assembly member representing Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward, recently spoke out against an unnamed junior high school in the district. In the school’s student handbook, under the section describing acceptable attire, Kaizu found the following passage:

“Being mindful of hygiene, always wear (white) underwear. Do not wear underwear with colors or prints.”

The purported basis of “hygiene” is a little suspect, because unless the colors and markings on a pair of underpants are skid marks being left behind by improper or insufficient post-poop wiping, there’s no reason for the color of intimate apparel to affect the wearer’s physical health. Kaizu did allow that since student’s generally wear white shirts as part of their summer uniforms, the provision about white underwear could be partially motivated by a desire to protect the modesty of female students by making sure their bras aren’t visible through their tops. Even still, the legislator believes the countermeasure is overkill, saying “There’s no need to go so far as to make that mandatory under the school rules, is there?”

Even if the goal is to help students maintain an aura of purity, the regulation may in fact have the opposite effect. As pointed out y one online commenter, “It’s gross to mandate the color of the students’ underwear. If some pervert knows about the rule, you can’t rule out the possibility that he’s going to be thinking ‘Ah, this girl has on white underwear right now!’ when he sees her in her uniform.”

Kaizu was further exasperated to find out that of the 10 ward-administrated junior high schools in Bunkyo, six of them have rules specifying that students’ underwear must be white or beige (no mention is made of gender, implying that the restrictions apply to both male and female students). “Just what kind of educational benefit are they trying to achieve?” wondered Kaizu, but at least the upside is that scrupulous teachers have no way of checking whether or not their pupils’ underwear complies with the dress code.
http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/10/27/tokyo-junior-high-school-demands-students-wear-white-underwear-as-part-of-dress-code/
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No school has any business telling kids what to wear underneath their clothes. Just as long as nothing is showing.
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This is way more outrageous than the millions of kids starving every day, or the hundreds of thousands of Chinese kids putting together your next cell phone instead of going to school! I bet those poor little snots don't even own underwear! And to choose such a racist color on top of it! The cheek of it all.
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I had to wear thin white polyester pants as part of a work uniform, so I know where the schools are coming from. If you do not want the world to know what kind of underwear you have on, you need to have it complement your uniform or your skin tone.
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Ew wtf, if you don't want bras showing through don't make your shirts out of see through material. I was thinking the same thing as the assembly member, how on earth do you plan to enforce that in a way that isn't creepy af?
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MysticGon wrote:

No school has any business telling kids what to wear underneath their clothes. Just as long as nothing is showing.


Think it's more the general paranoia of the panty-peeking phenomenon that Japanese think anime has "caused", and responded to said paranoia by being more hardass and bigoted about it, earlier.

Even Catholic schools have dress codes (does anyone still wear "shiny patent-leather shoes" in this century?), and it's not a Supreme Court issue. Just Japan's own paranoid otaku-bashing one.
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Ejanss wrote:


MysticGon wrote:

No school has any business telling kids what to wear underneath their clothes. Just as long as nothing is showing.


Think it's more the general paranoia of the panty-peeking phenomenon that Japanese think anime has "caused", and responded to said paranoia by being more hardass and bigoted about it, earlier.

Even Catholic schools have dress codes (does anyone still wear "shiny patent-leather shoes" in this century?), and it's not a Supreme Court issue. Just Japan's own paranoid otaku-bashing one.


Every school has a dress code. I can't recall any going as far as telling you want underwear to wear. Only thing they care about is the showing of skin and offensive material.
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Fuck that, I am going to wear my ninja turtles boxers.
Posted 10/27/16
Aren't Japanese schools pretty well known for the amount control they demand over students lives. No part time jobs, having wear the school uniform at all time when in public etc etc.
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That's just ridiculous. I don't own any white underwear because they STAIN.
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If you let people pick the color of their own underwear they could start thinking, for themselves, about what color they wanted for their underwear.

This could lead to men in the women's restroom, gay marriage, women in combat, and militiamen occupying federal facilities.

Perhaps even the excessive playing of computer games, watching anime, overdosing on cup o' noodles and Red Bull.

At my high school I was allowed to wear boxer shorts of any color and all these things came to pass, so Japan, take heed, allowing the free choice of colored underwear is just the beginning of the road to perdition.

Of course, my beloved waifu wears the colors that appeal to her, but she is different.

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Posted 10/27/16
and i though formal dress from Monday - Thursday was bad..

i wonder if it's a school controlled by some questionable old geezers
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They should just simplify things and decide that all their "students" should wear the same uniform. Take a poll, decide what uniform is most popular, and require everyone to wear it.
Posted 10/27/16

xxJing wrote:

Fuck that, I am going to wear my ninja turtles boxers.


Exactly.
Posted 10/27/16
I don't really care. I'm not high school age anymore or in Japan.
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