A junior high school in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture is allowing students to mix and match uniforms how they please in an effort to be more aware of LGBTQ students' feelings.
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Considering how some teens pick schools based on whether they like the uniforms or not, and many students dig uniforms, wearing the academic threads is less an issue than it would be to students in, say, America. Students want to wear uniforms.
What is the issue are the rigid gender definitions Japanese schools typically have regarding how uniforms are assigned and what students are traditionally expected to wear: Skirts and ribbons for girls, ties and slacks for boys.
IT Media reports the newly built Kashiwanoha Junior High is trying to create a more inclusive environment. Starting this autumn, students have the freedom to mix and match and pick which uniforms best suit them, whether that's a skirt and a ribbon, a skirt and a necktie, slacks and a ribbon, or slacks and a necktie. Anyone can wear whichever they like.