Report: Japan ranks 101st in the world in gender equality

October 25, 2012

By KAZUTAKA ITO/ Correspondent

LONDON--Japan dropped three notches to 101st in gender equality among 135 countries in a 2012 survey by the World Economic Forum.

The report, released on Oct. 24, cited the low number of female lawmakers and business executives for Japan’s poor ranking.

The Swiss organization’s Global Gender Gap Report said Japan has failed to generate results corresponding to its investment in educating women because it has wasted the talents of highly educated women in the labor market.

Japan could increase its gross domestic product by 16 percent by closing the gender gap in employment, the report said.

The World Economic Forum hosts the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, for world leaders in politics and business. Its Global Gender Gap Report studies national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health-based criteria.

The report was introduced in 2006.

In the latest report, Iceland topped the list, followed by Finland and Norway. The United States came in 22nd, China was 69th, and Yemen was at the bottom of the rankings.

By KAZUTAKA ITO/ Correspondent
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A report says Japanese women trail their counterparts in 100 countries in terms of gender equality. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

A report says Japanese women trail their counterparts in 100 countries in terms of gender equality. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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  • A report says Japanese women trail their counterparts in 100 countries in terms of gender equality. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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