With the gender gap still large among financial analysts in Japan, women who have blazed a trail in the male-dominated profession are calling for changes in the industry’s punishing workstyle as well as an end to what they see as society’s deep-rooted bias.

“I think Japanese firms (in general) must work to increase the number of women, and the financial industry especially lags” behind other sectors, said Rie Nishihara, a senior analyst at JPMorgan Securities Japan Co.

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