Women in Germany earn less than men. Sometimes it's for the same job, but more often than not it's because they get jobs that are paid less. There are still not enough women in managerial positions.
Four Japanese basketballers have been kicked out of the Asian Games in Indonesia for paying prostitutes for sex. The incident is embarrassing to Japan, which is to host the Olympics in two years' time.
Germany's ruling CDU party has launched a debate on reinstating military conscription and offering young men and women a chance to serve their country in other ways. A recent poll shows Germans are in favor of the idea.
A Japanese school's confession that it discriminated against female applicants on the grounds they would leave the profession after marriage has triggered an angry backlash in the country. Julian Ryall reports.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has backed equal inheritance rights for men and women and is also pushing for other reforms such as decriminalizing homosexuality. Religious conservatives are far from happy.
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