Mieko Nishimizu, World Bank vice president for South Asia, said July 3 that she wants to eliminate discrimination against women in developing countries in the region.

“We want to integrate (a fight against) women’s problems into economic development programs and help contribute to gender equality,” Nishimizu told reporters in Tokyo. Nishimizu was appointed in January as one of 19 vice presidents of the Washington-based bank. She is the first Japanese woman to hold the post.

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