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Japanese companies set goal of 30% female executives by 2030

Male-dominated business community aims to replicate British success story

Women made up only 6.5% of executives at top Japanese companies in 2017.

TOKYO -- Major Japanese companies will work to increase the number of female executives at blue chips to 30% from single digits by the end of 2030, joining an ambitious international effort, as the government seeks to promote women in the workforce.

Japan's chapter of the 30% Club campaign is set to launch on May 1. Participating businesses will set hard goals to bring women into the executive suite. The initiative also aims to have women occupy 10% of board seats at the end of 2020, then 30% at the end of 2030.

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