Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, poses for a photo with participants during a reception of WAW!, or the World Assembly for Women, in Tokyo, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. More than 100 people from about 40 countries participated in the open forum for women. Japanese lawmakers approved a law Friday requiring large employers to set and publicize targets for hiring or promoting women as managers. The law approved by a vote of 230-1 in the House of Councillors is intended to promote greater gender equality and counter labor shortages that are arising as Japan’s population ages and declines. The decision coincided with the international conference showcasing Abe’s commitment to increasing the share of women in leadership positions to 30 percent. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)

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