Japanese girl says school forced her to dye hair black; sues Osaka gov't
Japan Today -- Oct 27
A Japanese teenager is suing the government of Osaka, saying her public high school repeatedly forced her to dye her naturally-brown hair black or be banned from attending school, local media reported on Friday.

In a lawsuit filed in Osaka District Court, the 18-year-old girl said her mother informed Kaifukan School in Habikino city upon her enrolment that she was born with brownish hair, as the school had a policy banning hair coloring, media reported.

Educators, however, instructed her to color her hair black, telling her repeatedly that the dye job was insufficient and forcing her to "either dye the hair black or quit school", Kyodo news reported, citing the lawsuit.

The girl has not attended school since September 2016, suffered pain and irritation from the hair dye, and is seeking damages of about 2.2 million yen, said media, adding that Osaka prefecture is asking the court to reject the claim.

Masahiko Takahashi, head of Kaifukan School, said he could not comment directly on the case, but noted the school's policy prohibiting students from dyeing or bleaching hair. He declined to say whether it was permissible to dye brown hair to black.

大阪府立高校の女子生徒が生まれつき茶色い髪を黒く染めるよう教師らに強要されて不登校になったとして、府に賠償を求める訴えを起こしました。
News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
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