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Demand isn't factor holding women back from joining boards

There are a number of deeply rooted obstacles in Japan preventing the lack of gender diversity

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"It's not politically correct anymore to oppose putting women on corporate boards, even in Japan," says Ms Fukushima.

Tokyo

SAKIE Fukushima remembers the novelty of being the only woman on Korn/Ferry International's board of directors, which she joined in 1995. Ditto when she joined the Sony Corp, Kao Corp and Benesse Corp boards years later.

Even now, three years after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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