Tokyo Medical Univ. to accept applicants who lost out to rigging

Tokyo Medical University on Wednesday announced measures to rectify the situation for applicants who were rejected in 2017 and 2018 due to a rigged admissions process.

A total of 101 students, many of them women, may attend classes from the start of the next school year if they so desire. There are 32 applicants from last year and 69 from this year.

«We were notified that we acted inappropriately on matters relating to entrance exams. We deeply apologize to everyone who was affected,» Yukiko Hayashi, who became the university’s first woman president after the scandal came to light this summer, said at a press conference.

An independent committee report said in October that 69 applicants who took the general entrance exam and a common admission test used by most universities in 2017 and 2018 would have qualified for admission if the process had been fair. Of these at least 55 were women.

Tokyo Medical University admitted in August it had been deducting points from exam scores for over 10 years to curb female enrollment and that of men who had failed the exam previously.

The discriminatory practice was discovered amidst a bribery investigation involving Futoshi Sano, a high-ranking education ministry official, and Masahiko Usui, former chairman of the university.

The education ministry is currently investigating other medical schools nationwide to see whether they have also manipulated the student selection process, and has so far probed 81 schools nationwide.

Last month, Showa University revealed it had padded scores for applicants, while Juntendo University also announced it will set up a panel to investigate allegations of bias against female applicants.

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All — Kyodo News+

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