Japan's PM pledges global focus on women
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed on Thursday to work at home and abroad to improve the plight of women, in a shift of tone for the conservative leader.
Addressing the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Mr Abe returned to a familiar Japanese theme of pledging a strong international role and announced another US$60 million (S$75 million) in aid for Syria.
But Mr Abe, the Japanese leader with the strongest political position in nearly a decade, largely focused on women's rights, calling the issue critical for development.
"I wish to bring about a society where women shine, both within Japan and also in regions in conflict and countries suffering from poverty," Mr Abe said.