Ex-Morgan Stanley Lawyer Breaks Gender Barrier at Justice Ministry

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Ex-Morgan Stanley Lawyer Breaks Gender Barrier at Justice Ministry

A former lawyer at Morgan Stanley will become the first woman to lead a bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Justice, the government said Friday, part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to promote women in the workforce.

Kazumi Okamura, currently a prosecutor at the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office, will head the Human Rights Bureau at the Ministry of Justice. Ms. Okamura, a graduate of Harvard Law School who passed the bar in New York state, worked as a lawyer at Morgan Stanley in Japan from 1990 to 2000, according to the prosecutors’ office.

Ms. Okamura’s promotion was part of a wave of appointments made Friday. It was the first government personnel reshuffle to be carried out by the Cabinet Secretariat’s Personnel Bureau, which was established this May to manage central positions in government ministries.

Prime Minister Abe’s growth strategy calls for having 30% of leadership positions held by women by 2020, up from the current level of 7.5%.

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