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Without role models, Japan's female bankers cut their own paths

Fintech and digital banking are rewriting financial sector's business model

Michiko Morizono, right, an executive officer at Mizuho Bank, heads a model branch that sells banking services along with trusts and securities in one of Tokyo's most desirable residential neighborhoods.

TOKYO -- Female directors are carving out careers in Japan's male-dominated banking sector.

One evening in February, seven of them, all of whom work at one of Japan's three mega banking groups -- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group -- gathered at an Italian restaurant near Tokyo Station.

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