The Japanese Institute of Short Men have approached the Japanese government to make it illegal to ridicule their members for wearing high heels.
"In a nation typified by shorter people," said Masahiko Nagamoto, sporting a glorious pair of four and a half inch red stilettos, "being shorter than the national average is a severe disadvantage. All we want is to be taken seriously."
Ridicule in the Japanese culture is typified by shame, with those ridiculed often contemplating suicide. Many of JISM go through life feeling insecure and marginalised.
"Heels have long been the domain of women, but all we ask is that should a man choose to wear them, there is none of the pointing and name calling," said Nagamoto. "We wish to have this enshrined in Japanese law. As illegal as discriminating against people for being gay or occidental."
JISM maintain that there are no sexual connotations with their members wearing heels; often up to six inches.
"Until manufacturers wake up to the huge market of short men in Japan, the only shoes available to us are women's shoes," Nagamoto said. "They are, however, surprisingly comfortable."
Currently, due to the embarrassment factor, many of Japan's shorter men are using the internet to buy their shoes, with the chance of being ripped off by unscrupulous sellers. Shops, even in the more broadminded Tokyo, refuse to allow men to try on the women's shoes. Such is the groundswell of support for Nagamoto and his followers that the Japanese government are seriously considering his motion.
"Should I be successful," he said, "I will be campaigning for the unisexing of skirts and makeup. Both of which I like. But not in a gay way."