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Top Japan business lobby sets 40% goal for female managers

Keidanren's target for 2030 a long way from current share below 12%

New career-track employees salute at a Nippon Steel induction ceremony.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's most powerful business lobby will actively urge companies to put women in more than 40% of management posts by 2030 as part of its growth strategy due out soon.

The decision by the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, marks a reversal for an organization that previously left member businesses to set their own targets for hiring female managers.

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