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Tencent, Softbank All-Male Boards Spur Call For Change in Asia

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Asia has long been a laggard in the global struggle to get more women on corporate boards.

While countries in other parts of the world have adopted rules to integrate boardrooms, Asian regulators largely have been hands-off. And it shows, with high-profile Asian companies including China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. having all-male boards of directors.