Japan student forced to dye her hair wins compensation

A woman in Japan won compensation after teachers repeatedly pressured her to dye her hair black, causing her to drop out of school.

The school did not believe her natural hair color was brown and told her to dye it black. A vice principal checked the teenager’s roots in a “surveying session” and believed it was black, not brown as she claimed.

It banned her from attending some classes and school trips because “her hair was not dyed black enough.”

A court ruled the school’s actions were legal but the ex-student should get 330,000 yen in damages.

The court in Osaka ruled that the prefectural government caused emotional damage to the former student, now 21, by pressing her to dye her hair.

Schools rules prohibit pupils from “getting their hair permed, colored, bleached or braided with extensions,” according to the legal case. Many schools in Japan strictly control pupils’ appearances, even going so far as to dictate the color of underwear.

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