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Japan's Kishida says women should fill 30% of top company posts

Corporations face pressure as institutional investors focus on gender equality

Japanese companies are being asked to take more aggressive steps toward gender equality. (Photo by Yo Inoue)

TOKYO -- Companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's top-tier Prime market should fill at least 30% of executive positions with women, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday, urging Japan Inc. to take more aggressive action toward gender equality.

"We'll create momentum for women's advancement by going further with concrete steps, including short-term numerical targets and action plans," Kishida said at a Cabinet Office meeting to discuss gender equality in the private sector.

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