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Gender gap persists in Japan as women earn 74% as much as men

Sompo and Teijin among those working to scrap hurdles for female workers

A train station concourse in Tokyo. Japan has relatively few women in managerial roles and in professions like medicine and law.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is struggling to bridge its gender pay gap, with women in the country still making 74% as much as the men and remaining a minority in lucrative professions.

Tuesday marks International Women's Day, designed to raise awareness of women's achievements and challenges around the world. Alarmed by the current situation, some companies in Japan have begun taking matters into their own hands to identify and address gender-based disparities.

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