Tokyo med univ. admits curbing women's enrollment, vows to stop

Tetsuo Yukioka managing director of Tokyo Medical University

The university reported the results of the investigation to the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry on Tuesday.

The revelation came after the medical college was found to have deducted entrance exam points from all female applicants to keep the ratio of women studying at the university at around 30 percent.

"We deeply apologise for having inconvenienced and caused so many people pain with such a serious scandal", university director Tetsuo Yukioka said. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

The manipulation surfaced during an investigation of an alleged wrongful admission of a bureaucrat's son.

"Society is changing rapidly and we need to respond to that and any organisation that fails to utilise women will grow weak", said Prof Yukioka, who is the school's executive regent and chair of its diversity promotion panel.

The senior school officials pledged to "sincerely" consider their response, such as possible compensation.

The report said that scores of female applicants were slashed by about 10 per cent.

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An investigative report by the lawyers also highlighted the fact that the university's former Chairmen Masahiko Usui and former President Mamoru Suzuki were indicted last month by Tokyo prosecutors on bribery charges related to the son of a former education ministry bureau chief being admitted to the school with a padded exam score in exchange for favoritism related to a government subsidy program.

The sources also said that there were examination invigilators at the university that used a specific manual to guide the process of manipulating students' points to control the enrollment process.

Recent reports have revealed that the medical school's written admission test is deliberately discriminatory against women, working on a points system where men could score a full 100 and women can only reach 80 out of 100.

"Factors suggesting very serious discrimination against women was also part of it", added Nakai, one of the external lawyers the university hired to investigate the incident.

The investigation showed that the scores of men, including those reappearing after failing once or twice, were raised, while those of all women, and men who had failed the test at least three times, were not.

Entrance exam discrimination against women was "absolutely unacceptable", Education Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters last week.

Japanese women are highly educated in general but the country's notoriously long work hours force many out of the workplace when they start families.

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