With one of the most advanced higher education systems in Asia, Japan has partly distanced itself from other neighboring countries where educational gender gaps continue to prevail.

Now, female leaders in Japan are calling for a concerted effort by the nation to help empower women elsewhere in Asia.

"As an Asian country, Japan shares responsibility" for promoting social development and sustainable and peaceful growth in the region, Kathy Matsui, vice chair and chief Japan strategist at Goldman Sachs Japan Co., said in a recent interview in Tokyo.