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It’s only a rule for female workers.”\u003c/p> \u003cp>When a group submitted a petition in June calling on the government to ban the high-heeled shoe requirement, then-Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Takumi Nemoto said he was fine with the status quo, according to Kyodo News.\u003c/p> \u003cp>“It’s generally accepted by society that (wearing high heels) is necessary and reasonable in workplaces,” Nemoto said at a Diet committee session, according to the report. Nemoto, who retired in September, was unavailable for comment.\u003c/p> \u003cp>There has been no changes to rules governing dress codes, labor ministry official Ryutarou Yamagishi said by phone. 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