Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday returned to Kyoto, where she spent time as a researcher in the 1980s, to speak on changes in her society and efforts to close its gender gap, which she said is not as bad as Japan’s.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and head of the National League for Democracy party was named an honorary fellow at Kyoto University, where she undertook research from 1985-1986. In a lecture to over 500 students and faculty at the university, Suu Kyi spoke about the role of women in Myanmar’s sociopolitical transformation over the past few years.

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