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Police prevent woman defendant from wearing bra in court: lawyers

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Only in Japan!

-8 ( +9 / -17 )

@bones - Only in Japan!

No! This is common throughout the world for female prisoners although, it rarely becomes news.

14 ( +20 / -6 )

Kinda shame. Yes it isn’t allowed as part of prison attire for safety reasons but the local laws allow in court upon request. I wonder at what point this went south.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

What? Wireless bras ok but no bra at all that does seem demeaning.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

"hurt the woman's sense of shame"

Google this with quotation marks and see how often it turns up.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

freethettty*

But she would prefer them to be imprisoned.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

a detention official at Osaka police said, "We are not aware of such a request" from the defendant.

Well, you ought to be.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

in principle

Like everything in Japan.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

What about those very thin bra's (lineless?) they sell at uniqlo? Hard to hurt yourself with that.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Disillusioned: "No! This is common throughout the world for female prisoners although, it rarely becomes news."

In court appearances? In prison, I understand, as it could indeed be used for harm in some way, but not in a court appearance.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Simple solution ; No bras on court!

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

from the title, i thought she only wanted to wear a bra and nothing else in court.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

It was only from the second half of the 19th century that local people in Japan wore pants, let alone bras. I just find the story (and some of the posts) historically ironic.

It all sounds legally logical to me for the time the person was in custody (avoidance of chances for self-harm). While in court is another matter.

I wonder what the actual legal status of wearing pants in court is in Japan. Anyone ever heard of anyone trying to hang themselves with their boxers or Y-fronts?

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

It's not so much self harm, more being used to attack staff I assume but I'm wrong more than right. As for boxers vs yfronts dangle or cup, not sure. If they are really crusty definitely something I'd consider a threat. But a bra now that's a whole new story. Is there a commando rule for court?

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Glad we have the experts on worldwide laws on bras in court in the house.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

saying it was a violation of her human rights, the group said Thursday.

Humans have a right to wear bras? Civil liberties.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Court titulars lack support, busted over bra strap policy juggling. Stay abreast for more developments, as they were unable to firmly nip this one in the bud.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

I'm betting this woman feels the whole justice system is stacked against her.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Tempest in a b-cup.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

After the U.N. tribunal shame they are not taking chances at humiliating themselves, it seems.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I understand that under Japanese Law, a defendant must be "free" when in court.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

@smithinjapan - In court appearances? In prison, I understand, as it could indeed be used for harm in some way, but not in a court appearance.

It's not often we have disagreements. However, this would be situation specific. If this women is on the self-harm list and in a holding cell awaiting her court appearance, it would be totally necessary procedure, don't you think?

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At least she was dressed. Wearing no bra but a camisole should be completely acceptable in our society. Check out this case, of more bigger gravity that happened in US (Kentucky). There a woman was denied feminine hygiene products and was sent to court without pants (trousers) in her jail underwear:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18g_qRgoXfo

0 ( +1 / -1 )

It's humiliating the woman by doing this. She should be allowed to wear whatever clothes she chooses in court.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I think the Japanese innocent until proven guilty is a bigger problem than being able to wear bra's... BTW Most state prisons and country jails in the U.S. do not allow bras, though a few places make exception for bra's without underwire along with federal prisons.

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I mean that in Japan you are not considered innocent until proven guilty.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Luddite

She should be allowed to wear whatever clothes she chooses in court.

Absolutley right. She should be "free" in court.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

The lawyers are trying to capture attention. Many women are perfectly happy without bras and have many choices in lingerie to protect their dignity, decency and integrity.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

No no this isn’t right. As a gentleman, I object this rules. What if some of the ladies’ feelings who are not eager to be bra-less hurts about this?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

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