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Let's get real about female equality in corporate Japan

The government must push companies to set aside stereotypes and promote women

| Japan
Japanese executives typically come from the time when elementary school children's backpacks were uniformly black for boys and red for girls.

About 150 years after it opened up to the rest of the world, Japan is one of the globe's most developed, prosperous and democratic countries. But in some ways it remains a place apart, especially when it comes to the role of women in leadership posts.

Japan ranks dismal 114th out of 144 countries, according to Gender Gap Index published by World Economic Forum last year, behind India and only one place ahead of Ethiopia.

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