News of the Osakan teen who sued her school for forcing her to dye her naturally brown hair went viral last week, with numerous international media outlets reporting the story from a critical point of view. Much of the criticism focused on the school's insistence that all students have black hair, regardless of their natural hair color. While the story had already provoked critical opinions in Japan, the international focus on the case has encouraged an even stronger reaction, with opinions on social media questioning the merit of hair-related and other appearance-related rules in Japanese schools, and some calling for their elimination.

Sensing an opportunity, Chiki Ogiue, critic and chief editor of the academic journalism site Synodos invited people to submit their own stories on Twitter: