Japan Gender Gap “Worst” Amongst Top Nations


The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2009 has ranked Japan as being the developed nation with the least amount of gender equality, ranking it below such nations as China in a report which claims to “assess countries on how well they are dividing their resources and opportunities among their male and female populations.”

The rest of the report throws up some odd rankings…

1. Iceland

2. Finland

3. Norway

4. Sweden

5. New Zealand

6. South Africa

7. Denmark

8. Ireland

9. Philippines

10. Lesotho

11. Netherlands

12. Germany

13. Switzerland

14. Latvia

15. United Kingdom

16. Sri Lanka

17. Spain

18. France

19. Trinidad & Tobago

20. Australia

Scores range from 0 to 1, and “can roughly be interpreted as the percentage of the gender gap which has been closed.” The full report can be examined on the World Economic Forum’s site.

The presence of Scandinavian countries at the top of the list should surprise nobody, but a ranking of sixth for the country with some of the highest rates of sexual violence against women in the world immediately calls into question the criteria used.

Not even making the top 20, the US placed 31st and Canada 25th.

Japan’s score has improved 25 places to 75th on list since 2008, but it is still ranked lowest amongst all major developed nations by a substantial margin.

Even China managed to place 60th, despite being a nation where in some rural areas women are still bought and sold by marriage brokers, and where factory owners openly boast of preferring female employees as being more tractable.

The report is also scathing of other Asian nations, with Islamic countries unsurprisingly dominating the lowest levels of the ranking as hard as they dominate their female populace.

However, Singapore manages only 83rd place, and South Korea only manages 115th, barely above the likes of Iran and Saudi Arabia. Not far in fact from Yemen, placed dead last at 134th.

A report which manages to produce such questionable rankings certainly deserves to be treated with scepticism…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:22 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, am I missing something?

    Last time I checked men did better in every job out there, so it's only natural that men are worth more than women in current society, and especially considering that the world is overpopulated right now, so the main use of a woman (making children) has lost it's importance.

    Gender equality is the modern religion, it's bullshit based on flawed concepts and ideologies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe you should check again, asshole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 29/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Low gender equality in U.S., alright.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 05/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is what MRAfags actually believe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He never pointed out what the "flaws" in all religions are.


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    Comment by Riiku
    23:12 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And not a word on WHAT gender EXACTLY prevails in quantity. Male? Female?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Equality is also derived from order, stablity, religion, and cultural origins. IF the scandivanian tradition was to rape and pillage then how the hell did they get to the top?
    Simple. They kicked themselves in the ass to change..and size doesn't matter if the whole country urges to change.
    Whatever the reason they might have. Change is something that can be done nationally.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:58 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    equality is just a word from Latin
    not From English.


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    Comment by Rokudaime
    06:13 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I take it you are refering to the Vikings when you talk about our tradition of rape and pillage? Bear in mind that Finland didn't even have Vikings, and I don't think there were many of them in Sweden either. It was mostly a Norwegian and Danish thing, and Iceland largely consists of decendants from Norwegian and Danish Vikings, so yeah. However, an important misinterpretation by the rest of the world that I'd like to clarify; Not all of us to be Vikings, and not all of the Vikings used to go on voyages, raping and pillaging. I otherwise agree with your statement though. :-) Personally, I'm named after a Norwegian Viking King, which I do admit I think is kinda cool. ^^

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    06:14 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *used to be Vikings*

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No suprise that all the scandinavian countries are in the top ten because women seem to have more rights than men here -.-

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    06:07 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    like some people said above me, women pretty much have more rights than men here in Scandinavia...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Malaysia is 101st.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can understand why China is ranked above Japan.
    Japan represents the old, traditional China where women are considered nothing else than furniture, along with nations like Taiwan and South korea, who are also heavily influenced by the feudal Chinese Culture. China itself was also like this before the Communist Revolution, just watch movies like "The Red Latern" about wealthy men and their bunch of concubines etc.

    China is ranked above Japan because of Communism, where Gender Equality is enforced by a dictatorship. Everyone has to work in a communist system - no exceptions. So women will of course gain power and rights through their financial contributions in the family.
    Also, even Mao himself said back then, that 'Women shall bear the other half of the heaven'. So it's nothing to wonder about.

    In fact, Chinese women in general are pretty bossy and non-traditional nowadays. There are only either dominant tsundere, expierienced amazones or caring onee-sama types of women in China. No submissive moe-blobs like in more traditional asian countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:12 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You, sir, are fucking right.

    Long live China.
    long live the CCP.
    Long live Communism
    Long live Socialism.

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    Comment by Gitami
    10:47 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet the moe blobs are desired. As the saying goes, American salary, Chinese cook...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow i live in Latvia dint know my country is ranked so high xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol lost 4 places :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    YAY AUSTRALIA... even though 20th... still kicks like 100 other countries...

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    Comment by Naishee
    20:02 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh. It's not about the rate of sexual violence, but how it is handled by authority. So a surprise that the US, where rape is considered a "pre-existing condition" for insurance purposes (http://huffpostfund.org/stories/2009/10/rape-victims-choice-risk-aids-or-health-insurance), manages the top 100.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    15:13 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Utter bullshit

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I live in Finland, and I must say that it deserves the second place. Equality is greatly valued here, almost to the point where it's annoying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's because you have Feminazi
    in your country .

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nordic countries ftw. And South Africa. wth. There's some weird ass countries in the top 20. But I guess people should first check where the numbers come from before interpreting them the way the want to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quite funny to think that these white Asians have something in common w/c are very significant just like in this case. In Japan, women are never treated as equal to men, mostly they are treated as a sex figure. That also goes to S. Korea except the sex part. And also to China except the sex part too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mind the gap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)



    Comment by Anonymous
    17:48 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Finland is second because here women are more equal then men these days :D

    Comment by Silvertide
    17:46 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Notice that as gender equality increases birth rate declines...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:15 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Notice how Philippines got up there, 12th highest birth rate in the world.

    And I doubt that the countries under it have higher birthrates.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn... I'm surprised my country (Latvia) made it into the top. Guess things ain't as bad as they seem (at least in this regard).

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sri Lanka? Really?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:29 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Had to throw in another Anti-China comment, eh, Sankaku Complex?

    18:32 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Had to throw in another The Truth of China comment, eh, Sankaku Complex?


    Comment by Anonymous
    16:36 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck yeah Iceland.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whos that in the picture?

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    Comment by Obsidian
    17:03 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why am I not surprised that the Philippines is in the list?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    because it is obvious. Duh!

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    Comment by Nunza
    04:03 24/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't see this coming, that we finns are in 2nd place. Because in some professions, it's not even rare that women have about 15% lower salary than men (the difference used to be about 20% so we have improved a little, but still...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:03 31/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    where the hell is Indonesia?

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    Comment by Canadane
    10:37 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wheres Canada?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My thoughts exactly. Canada does not have huge gender gap issues, and has improved in that regard over the years. At the very least, Canada should be 15, not 25.

    But given that South Africa is 6, I have a strong feeling that the methods used to gain such statistics are very strange.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I stop caring about the gender gap along time ago. mainly because its waste of energy to complain about. So what if women have more unfair restrictions than men. Men have unfair restrictions to be lazy. You only have one life, every human being has a right to be able to freely choose whatever they desire even if it means stealing and killing. Its there choice, and no person should tell them they can't do this and that. Its your own rights, not the government or society pressures, as a animal and human to live freely. when I look at Eskimo tribes I never seen so much freedom and equality in my life. Mainly because its to cold to be bullshitting around on petty issues such as race and gender. Seriously who cares if someone tells you cant do something because you're a woman, tell them to go fuck themselves and do it anyways.

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    Comment by mi
    17:50 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no wonder there's so many feminist

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 14/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you got a problem w/ that, buddy?!!! >:-(

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    eat your Braindead Brain.

    you Misandry Woman .

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    Comment by Dia
    04:32 03/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Scandinavia is the best place to live in the world even if you are male.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:02 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Scandinavia is the sinkhole
    of Misandry Army .

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:55 14/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's where I want to live!

    . . . but I'm stuck in Fattsville XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ufffff.... nº 17 and OVER France, this is a bit good. My country is not really popular when it comes to equality (mostly in salaries)

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:25 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interesting, NZ on top of AUS....
    They should be on par

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