TOKYO (REUTERS) - A Japanese department store is reconsidering a plan for employees to wear badges when they're menstruating, which was originally aimed at fostering sympathy among co-workers but triggered a public outcry.
The Daimaru Umeda department store in Osaka said on Thursday (Nov 28) that it had hoped to encourage bonding by having menstruating staff wear a badge featuring an existing manga character named "Seiri Chan" - loosely translated as "Miss Period".
"We received many complaints from the public. Some of them concerned harassment, and that was definitely not our intention."
We're reconsidering plans now," said a male executive who declined to be named. A spokesman was not immediately available.
Companies are increasingly and publicly being criticised for bullying and gender discrimination.
The Daimaru executive said the store had not intended to make the badge compulsory.