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Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left behind a mixed legacy for working women in Japan, with strong labor force gains masking persistent shortcomings in the country’s boardrooms.

Among the things Abe, who was fatally shot at a political event two weeks ago, will be most remembered for was his audacious growth plan for Japan as the population shrinks and economy stagnates. A core part of that was dubbed “womenomics,” a government initiative that sought to encourage more women to join the workforce.

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