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Attached to the concept and need for women empowerment, girl child education: Modi to Japan

Sep 02, 2014 08:40 AM IST India India

Tokyo: On the fourth day of his visit to Japan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted with students of Sacred Heart University in Tokyo and stressed on the need for women empowerment.

At an all women's college in Tokyo, Modi listed steps taken by him for girl-child education and women empowerment. He said, "I am deeply passionate about the cause of educating the girl child. When I became the Prime Minister, I left Rs 78 crore for the Gujarat government to use in the field of girl-child education."

Referring to his Cabinet where External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is a woman, he said. "I have 25% women in my Cabinet. Our Foreign Minister is also a lady. We have legal arrangements in India to involve women in decision making."

He also gave cited example of Asian countries where women have held top government roles. "In Asian countries be it India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia there have been women who have served in top government roles," he added.

Modi will meet leaders of other political parties in Japan today. He is set to deliver a keynote address at the Japan India Association and inaugurate the Vivekanand Cultural Centre.