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Japanese businesswomen need more than a place at the table

Many companies focus on appearances rather than better management

| Japan
Office buildings in Tokyo: Women held 9.1% of the board seats and senior corporate and auditing positions at Japanese listed companies as of 2022. (Photo by Konosuke Urata)

Nobuko Kobayashi co-leads the Japan consumer practice of global strategy consulting group EY-Parthenon. The views expressed in this article are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the global EY organization or its member firms.

Over the past decade, waves of corporate governance reform have relentlessly pressured the Japanese business world to increase the ratio of women in senior corporate leadership roles.

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