Japanese Male Office Workers Experience Simulated Menstrual Pain I Couldn’t Move

Japanese companies are legally required to allow women to take menstrual leave.

Tokyo Japan:

Ahead of Friday’s International Women’s Day, male office workers at a telecommunications company in Tokyo simulated menstrual pain to increase their sympathy for their female colleagues.

EXEO Group employees looked at a “perionoid” device that sends electrical signals through a pad placed under the navel to stimulate the muscles in the lower abdomen and induce spasms at a company event on Thursday. frowned.

“I couldn’t move. It hurt so much that I couldn’t stand,” said Masaya Shibasaki, 26, who used the device jointly developed by researchers at Nara Women’s University and startup Osaka Heat Cool.

“I realized that women have to work and fight this pain every month. It’s really amazing that women can do that. I really respect them,” Shibasaki said.

EXEO said it wants to create an environment where more than 90% of its male employees can cooperate with their female colleagues, including by taking menstrual leave.

Japanese companies are required by law to allow women to take menstrual leave. However, there is no requirement to take paid leave, and surveys show that about half of female workers have never taken paid leave.

Maki Ogura, a public relations officer at Exeo, said, “I would like people who experienced (menstrual pain) today to return to work and talk about how they felt at that time to spread understanding.”

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