Kyoto news reports on a trend where an increasing number of teenage girls prefer to go to school in uniform-like dresses, even where the rules do not require a uniform. The trend, believed to have begun in 2002, is now obvious from the many magazines for young girls that feature topics on school uniform-like dress, called ”nanchatte seifuku” (fake uniform). There are even boutiques solely dedicated to selling such apparel. Wearing a uniform is now seen as a symbol of privilege of high school girls. For the full article “Tokyo girls prefer school uniform-like dresses Tokyo girls prefer school uniform-like dresses” Tokyo, March 12 , read it at Kyodo News website.