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The number of female corporate leaders in Japan fell for the first time in 25 years in 2005 to 67,299, down 604 from the previous year, according to a survey by a private credit research company.

The ratio of female presidents, however, edged up 0.04 point to 5.71 percent, Teikoku Databank said Thursday. The figure rose for the 25th consecutive year.

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