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I have been watching with interest the recommendations made by the educational reform committee, and would like to make a suggestion that would, I think, really make an impression on all who became involved with its implementation. My suggestion is that all school uniforms be changed back to the kimono and hakama style of prewar days.

Reasoning: The students themselves would have to learn how to wear their uniforms correctly, a lost art to most Japanese children, and there could be very little done to alter the lengths of their skirts. The loose-socks brigade would also lose their hold on the children if their shoes to school were boots and inside they had to wear geta! I am sure they would be inventive and find new ways of expression. Still, if you don’t wear these particular garments properly, they come apart or fall off.

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