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Tokyo medical school investigates claims that it rigged exam results to turn women away

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 06 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3416
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

One of Japan’s most prestigious medical schools has been reducing the exam scores of all female applicants since 2011 to turn away more women, multiple Japanese news outlets have said, reporting that the practice could be widespread in Japan.

The proportion of women among new students at Tokyo Medical University, a private medical school, has been falling since 2010, when it reached a record high of 38%. This year only 18% of entrants are women, although women still made up 39% of applicants. Male applicants had three times the success rate of women.

The allegation was first raised by the Yomiuri Shimbun, the country’s most read newspaper. An unnamed source claimed that the discrimination policy was seen as a “necessary evil.”

“Many female students …

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