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Many female prefectural assembly members across the country believe the nation cannot achieve its target of raising the proportion of women in political leadership roles to 30 percent by 2020, a Kyodo News poll showed Saturday.

The poll targeting 261 female prefectural assembly members, conducted in February and March, found a pessimistic view of the country’s slow progress in achieving gender balance, with more than 70 percent of the 161 respondents saying the government-set target is “unachievable.”

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