With one of the most advanced higher education systems in Asia, Japan has partly distanced itself from other neighboring countries where educational gender gaps continue to prevail.
Now, female leaders in Japan are calling for a concerted effort by the nation to help empower women elsewhere in Asia.
“As an Asian country, Japan shares responsibility” for promoting social development and sustainable and peaceful growth in the region, Kathy Matsui, vice chair and chief Japan strategist at Goldman Sachs Japan Co., said in a recent interview in Tokyo.
Matsui spoke on the occasion of the eighth-annual fundraiser last month for Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh, a multicultural university aimed at fostering future female leaders.
Opened in 2008, AUW currently has 605 students from 15 countries, including India and Nepal, and 430 graduates.
Most of the AUW students, who often come from impoverished families and in most cases are the first family members to pursue higher education, are granted scholarships that fully cover their tuition.