WEF (World Economic Forum) has just released the 2006 Global Gender Gap Report, where in terms of the Gender Gap Index, Japan is ranked in the 79th place among the 115 nations surveyed; that is the bottom of all advanced nations and even below such nations as China, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia in Asia. In particular, Japan's ranking is extremely low in terms of "economic participation and opportunity" and "political empowerment." We Japanese, especially men, tend to think that women's position has recently been improving substantially in both business and politics, but apparently the speed is not fast enough to catch up with other countries. In fact, Japan's ranking dropped from last year's 38th to this year's 79th! Japan needs more women presidents, women politicians, and even a women prime minister in the near future.