Japan's ranking drops to 105th in global gender equality

October 26, 2013

By HIROYUKI MAEGAWA/ Correspondent

Japan’s ranking for female equality has fallen a further four places from 101th in 2012 to 105th this year, according to the newly released 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, ranking women's equality in 136 countries.

The ranking is Japan’s lowest since the World Economic Forum, known for hosting its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, started releasing its annual report in 2006. The survey looks primarily at four key areas: politics, economics, health and education.

Japan’s decline partly resulted from the Lower House elections in December, when the ratio of female lawmakers fell from 11 percent to 8 percent--dropping the nation’s political standing to 118th. Japan ranked 104th in economics, with women representing only 10 percent of company executives.

The report, released on Oct. 25, said that Japan is failing to have women more involved in society despite their achieving a high education level.

Iceland topped the list of the nations achieving the highest level of women's equality for the fifth consecutive year, followed by Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Philippines, Ireland and New Zealand.

Among other major countries, Germany ranked 14th, South Africa, 17th, Britain, 18th, the United States, 23rd, France, 45th, Russia, 61st, China, 69th, and South Korea, 111th.

By HIROYUKI MAEGAWA/ Correspondent
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Shiga Prefectural Governor Yukiko Kada, left, and Otsu Mayor Naomi Koshi meet beside Lake Biwako in the city of Otsu. While Japan ranked 105th in the Global Gender Gap Report, Shiga is the only prefecture in the country where the prefecture and its capital have both been simultaneously run by women. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Shiga Prefectural Governor Yukiko Kada, left, and Otsu Mayor Naomi Koshi meet beside Lake Biwako in the city of Otsu. While Japan ranked 105th in the Global Gender Gap Report, Shiga is the only prefecture in the country where the prefecture and its capital have both been simultaneously run by women. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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  • Shiga Prefectural Governor Yukiko Kada, left, and Otsu Mayor Naomi Koshi meet beside Lake Biwako in the city of Otsu. While Japan ranked 105th in the Global Gender Gap Report, Shiga is the only prefecture in the country where the prefecture and its capital have both been simultaneously run by women. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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