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Women Graduates to Outnumber Men For First Time at Japan’s FSA

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Japan’s financial regulator is hiring more female college graduates next year as career bureaucrats than male ones, in a rare move highlighting the government’s efforts to improve gender parity in policy-making.

Women account for eight of the 14 fresh bureaucrats planning to join the Financial Services Agency in April, said Hiroshi Okada, head of the regulatory office’s secretary division, in an interview. It will mark the first time since the FSA was created in 2000 for such female officers to outnumber their male counterparts.