Japan PM Abe Says 'Respect For Diversity' To Be Required Further; Women And The Elderly's Roles To Be Boosted
Feb 13, 2017 07:17 AM EST
In his efforts to alleviate Japan's ongoing issues on low birth rate and aging population, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that "respect for diversity" will be required further in his country. This was pronounced right after he met with U.S. President Donald Trump for the first time.
Addressing through a video link in front of an audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Abe has said, "Respect for diversity will be required like never before." He further added that his country is currently trying to strengthen the roles of its women and the elderly in order to address these problems, CNBC reported.
Abe has stressed that its country's challenges lie on creating new economic and social system that would comprise of women's active participation along with the beefing up of employment opportunities for the elderly. Abe believes that when these are maximized, the women and the elderly will be able to discover their hidden potentials. Abe continued that when these are optimized, his country may be able to address the surmounting repercussions of low birth rate and aging population.
With Japan's population of 127 million, 26.7percent of those account for people who are 65 and over. The official census data from 2015 also revealed that its generated information is in fact an increase 3.7 percent from 2010's data. On the other hand, Japan's population is also set to decline to 86 million on 2060.
Meanwhile, PM Abe has also described United Arab of Emirates as an "oasis of tolerance" during his part in the event. As per Gulf News, he praised the nation's ability to co-exist and act as a diverse society while living in peace and harmony. He tied everything in by saying that diversity is significant in creating new ideas and fostering innovation.
Japan's PM then praised the UAE government for launching both the Ministry of Happiness and the Ministry of Tolerance. These are known platforms for spreading happiness and the message of tolerance.
In related news, Japan is set to host the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020 while the UAE is set to headline the World Exposition event. These events, according to Abe, will showcase both countries with their commitment to demonstrate the benefits of societies under a spirit of tolerance.