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Japan's failure to close gender gap 'very disappointing': report

Suga vows to 'leave no one behind' as country ranks 120th globally

Social activist Yumeno Nito, second from left, at an International Women's Day event honoring Sustainable Development Goals contributions in Tokyo on March 8.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan expressed dismay Tuesday over trailing most of the world on gender equality, calling its 120th-place ranking among 156 countries "very disappointing" as the prime minister pushed to do better.

The self-criticism came as part of a task force review of progress toward the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged the panel to "step up efforts to achieve a society that leaves no one behind."

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