Lawyers are rallying behind a postman whose boss told him he had to shave off his mustache to comply with grooming standards for letter carriers. The bar association in Osaka said that the order against 55-year-old postman Noboru Nakamura was "irrational" and violated his human rights.
"Having a mustache is part of an individual lifestyle and should be an individual decision," said Kazuo Okawa, a lawyer for the bar association. Nakamura has had a mustache since 1990. His conflict with his superiors started after Japan Post introduced new grooming regulations in 2004.
"I have taken care to keep my mustache neat and I don't think I make my customers feel uncomfortable," Nakamura was quoted by the Asahi Shimbun as saying.
"Some of my colleagues had to shave their faces against their will. I can't accept that," he said.
Many Japanese consider mustaches and beards to be uncouth, but facial hair has recently seen a boom among fashion-conscious men.© AFP