Today, school uniforms are almost universal in the public and private school systems. They are also used in some women's colleges. In the majority of elementary schools, students are not required to wear a uniform to school. Where they are required, many boys wear white shirts, short trousers, and caps. Young boys often dress more formally in their class pictures than they do other days of the school year. Girls' uniforms might include a grey pleated skirt and white blouse.
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Learn how and when to remove this template message The attire is gender-specific and the two options, male or female, are dispensed to students according to the sex they were assigned at birth. The education ministry followed its directive with a "guidebook" for teachers in At Kashiwanoha Junior High School, which opened in Kashiwa , Chiba Prefecture in April, students can freely choose whether to wear skirts or slacks or ties or ribbons with blazers, regardless of their sex. A panel of parents, teachers, prospective students, and education board members was set up to discuss the uniform designs. Some said consideration should be paid to LGBT students and that girls should also be allowed to wear trousers because they are more practical and warmer in winter. Usage[ edit ] In almost all schools, Japanese students are required to take off the shoes they wear outdoors and wear different indoor shoes.