Japan has long been known for creating quirky cafés (hello, Poop Café), but their latest is raising eyebrows for a whole other reason.
Naturalia café in Sapporo has instituted a strict makeup-free policy for its employees. The staff is also forbidden from sporting "excessively dyed hair or garish manicures."
According to a recruitment page for the café, staff who fit the company's strict hiring policy will be paid at a rate of approximately $14.50 Cdn per hour.
Aside from placing limitations on their staff's appearance, Naturalia's website also claims the company has a right of refusal for candidates who smoke or have previously worked in a nightclub.
Though the company's hiring process is controversial, the café hasn't lost any favour with fans and surpassed its crowdfunded goal for a second location which is expected to open in Tokyo.
Hiring laws around the world vary greatly, but in Canada employers do have a right to regulate the appearance of employees to an extent with the use of dress codes and limitations on visible piercings and/or tattoos.