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Women accounted for a record 33.2 percent of all council members at government ministries and agencies, Mizuho Fukushima, the state minister in charge of gender equality, said Friday.

Compiled at the end of September, the figure, which represents a 0.8 point increase from the year before, indicates the government will almost certainly attain its goal of raising the number to 33.3 percent by the end of fiscal 2010, Fukushima said.

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