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Friday, June 03, 2005


The Japanese prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, is really shaking up the country with his radical prescriptions of change. His most recent email (translated into English below) says that (gasp!) "ministers and officials can go to work in casual dress-that is, without tie or jacket."

Koizumi explains:
There is no need to be straitlaced when thinking about what to wear
to work, or whether or not to wear a tie. This is not a fashion
contest; the new policy simply encourages people to dress casually at
work to beat the heat of the sweltering Japanese summer.

I want each person to decide individually what kind of outfit is

But qualifies it "...the current "no tie, no jacket" policy does not mean that
people must always be without a tie or jacket."