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Top Paid Nikkei 225 Female Leader Shows Japan Gender Hurdles

Only one female executive made it to the top-earner list of Japan’s Nikkei 225 companies last year. She is an American who lives in New York.

Nicole Seligman, president of Sony Corporation of America and Sony Entertainment Inc., is the only female among 185 executives who earned 100 million yen ($978,000) or more, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Kazuo Kashio, president of Casio Computer Co. earned the most, with 1.2 billion yen in compensation, and Canon Inc. Chairman Fujio Mitarai was second with 1.1 billion yen, according to the data that looked at the pay of the top executives at Japan’s 225 biggest companies in the last reporting period.