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Abe sets 30% target for new women public servants

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to increase the ratio of newly employed female public servants to 30 percent from the fiscal year that begins next April.

Abe made the remark at an international conference on professional women in Tokyo on Sunday.

He said it is his major challenge to create a society where women can shine.

He said it is unfortunate that many Japanese still have a male-centered mentality. He said the ideal society he wants to achieve cannot be realized until this kind of thinking is changed.

Abe quoted a proverb that anyone who suggests should initiate, and said he wants to ensure that 30 percent of new national public servants will be women from the next fiscal year.

He also said he will host an international symposium in Japan in September of women leaders from different fields from all over the world.

Jul. 13, 2014 - Updated 07:37 UTC