Tokyo Medical University Admits to Sex Discrimination

Japan medical university cut women's test scores

The score manipulations were ordered by former Chairman Masahiko Usui, 77, with former President Mamoru Suzuki, 69, and a university official also involved, the sources said.

University vice president Keisuka Miyazawa said such alterations "should never happen" and pledged that next year's exams would be fair.

The sexist practice was uncovered during another investigation on the same university's ethics, as it is also accused of favoring the son of an influential member of the Ministry of Education by admitting him to the school without the required grades, according to the Japanese paper.

Japanese media last week reported that the university had for years been lowering the scores of female applicants in order to keep the ratio of women in the school at 30 per cent or lower.

The lawyers said the score of the bureaucrat's son, and the scores of several other men, were boosted "unfairly" - by as much as 49 points, in one case.

The Yomiuri ShimbunA former board chairman of Tokyo Medical University has admitted to padding certain students' scores on its general entrance exam, according to sources.

The practice had reportedly been going on for more than a decade.

Meanwhile, education minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said his ministry will conduct an emergency survey targeting all colleges and universities which have a department of medicine to make sure fairness is maintained in their entrance exams.

Around 2006, executives at Tokyo Medical University saw what they thought was a problem with their applicants: Too many women.

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.

Medical school authorities have called a news conference for 5pm.

"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 world's getting more equal than in the past, but we are still looked down upon as women", university student Yumi Matsuda said.

In 2018, the ratio of women accepted to the medical school after the first round of tests was 14.5 per cent, compared with 18.9 per cent for men. "Women often give up being a doctor once they are married and have children", an unnamed source said to AFP.

Women's empowerment minister Seiko Noda told Japan's NHK public broadcaster the exam points manipulation had been "extremely disturbing".

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