More and more Japanese schools are insisting that their baseball players get buzz-cuts.
Surveys done with Japan indicate that 69.2% of high schools make a shaved head a pre-requisite of playing for the school baseball team.
A further 15.1% of schools in the Japan High School Baseball Federation ‘allow’ their players to wear their hair closely cropped. Only 15.2% stated that they had no particular rules at all regarding hair styles.
This is a huge swing from the 90s, when it was regarded to be an infraction on a student’s basic human rights to declare what kind of haircut he had to have.
Japanese high school baseball teams have long been a bastion of almost feudal systems of control. Looks like nothing’s changed.