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Japan far short of putting women in 10% of executive posts

Only a quarter of listed companies meet the 2020 government goal

Women are not holding as many executive positions at Japanese corporations as the government hopes.
Women are not holding as many executive positions at Japanese corporations as the government hopes.

TOKYO -- Only about a quarter of major Japanese companies meet the government target of having women occupy at least 10% of executive posts, a Nikkei survey shows, signaling the challenge of grooming female talent in Japan's traditionally male-dominated corporate world.

The poll of listed companies found that just 156, or 26.3%, had cleared the target as of Aug. 1. And 321 companies, or 54%, said they had at least one female executive. The government seeks to meet the 10% target for listed companies overall by 2020.

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