Japan to Propose Talks on Women's Education at G-20

Politics

Tokyo, March 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday he will propose arranging talks on improving education for women at a Group of 20 summit in Osaka, western Japan, in June.

"I want to affirm with the leaders a resolve to aim for a world where all girls have access to at least 12 years of high-quality education," Abe, who will chair the G-20 summit, said at the fifth conference of the World Assembly for Women, or WAW!, in Tokyo.

"The improvement of education is not just a social policy," the prime minister said. "It's the biggest key to sustainable economic growth."

He presented the Japanese government's plan to give at least four million women in developing countries opportunities for high-quality education and human resources development by 2020.

The WAW! conference was held concurrently with a meeting of Women 20, or W20, a group set up to make recommendations to G-20 member countries with the aim of supporting women's economic success.

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