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Japan to tell top listed firms to have at least 1 woman executive

Nonbinding goal to be set for 2025 as government struggles to spur action

Japanese listed companies have been under pressure to advance gender equality in the corporate boardroom. (Photo by Mayumi Tsumida)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is planning to urge companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's top-tier Prime market to have at least one woman executive by 2025 as the country lags behind other advanced economies in corporate gender equality.

A panel under the Cabinet Office will soon compile a proposal suggesting a numerical target should be part of TSE listing rules. 

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