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Foreign directors in greater demand in Japan

MUFG, SoftBank, Mitsui among those looking abroad for perspective

TOKYO -- Japan's publicly traded companies are offering more board seats to foreigners amid a growing realization that diversity can help with overseas expansion.

The number of foreign directors is set to climb 30% to 56 at 100 big companies sampled by The Nikkei, assuming shareholders approve outstanding nominations at meetings this month. 

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