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Tokyo Medical University admits rigging entrance exams against women

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3441 (Published 08 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3441
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

One of Japan’s leading medical schools has been automatically reducing the entrance exam scores of female applicants by 20% for at least 12 years to graduate more male doctors, an independent inquiry has found.

Tokyo Medical University’s acting president, Keisuke Miyazawa, admitted to the exam rigging at a press conference on 7 August after the release of a damning report by external lawyers. “For those people whom we have caused tremendous hardship, especially female candidates whom we have hurt, we will do everything we can,” he said.

Miyazawa said that the school was considering options including financial compensation and retroactive admission of some women who would have passed without the automatic deduction. He said that he had not known of the score manipulation.

Tetsuo Yukioka, the school’s executive regent and chair of …

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