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Toyota's first career-track female executive credits trailblazers

Chika Kako holds the No. 2 post in the Lexus division after serving as its chief engineer

Chika Kako, managing officer for Toyota Motor, speaks to reporters in Nagoya, Japan.

NAGOYA, Japan -- The first woman to rise through the ranks to become an executive at Toyota Motor says the path was cleared for her by past women employees' accomplishments.

Female employees taking up the torch today have the backing of the Japanese automaker, Managing Officer Chika Kako told reporters Thursday.

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