More men are taking jobs as flight attendants in the traditionally female-dominated profession as smaller Japanese airlines actively look to distinguish themselves from their larger domestic rivals.

The increasingly physical nature of the work combined with the growing need to deal with unruly or drunk passengers, mean so-called soradan (airmen) are being seen in the skies above Japan in larger numbers.

The change also demonstrates how the domestic airline industry is slowly modernizing and gender roles are beginning to reflect what's considered normal across much of the world.