It is understood the senior officials at Tokyo Medical University wanted to keep the number of women at about 30 per cent, so they altered the computerised marking system. It said that it had believed that was in the best interests of the profession and helped the school to maintain its influence.
The university's admission of discriminatory practices has drawn a harsh backlash from the medical community in Japan including representatives from the the Japan Joint Association of Medical Professional Women and the Japan Medical Women's Association. It deliberately reduced the...
The practice of deducting exam points for female applicants likely began around 2010 and was apparently meant to avoid a shortage of doctors at affiliated hospitals.More news: Drunk driver tells police she is a ‘thoroughbred white girl’
They also concluded that scores were manipulated to give men more points than women and thus hold down the number of women admitted.
The university decided who passed based on the combined scores for the two stages: the computer-graded test in the first stage, and a short essay and interview in the second stage.
One of the lawyers, who had been conducting an internal probe into the university's practice of tampering with examination results and allowing "backdoor" admissions to some students in return for favors, said the practice was discriminatory.
The education ministry official's son, who had failed the exam three times, was given 20 additional points, elevating his score above the cutoff line.More news: India vs England 2nd Test Day 1 live updates
The university also disliked accepting male applicants who had failed a number of times because they also tend to fail the national exam for medical practitioners, which would bring down the university's ratio of successful applicants and hurt its reputation, according to the sources.
The university's confession triggered anger among female medical professionals.
One of the reasons cited for excluding women was the suggestion that female doctors can't work long hours after getting married or having children.
A 45-year-old female medical practitioner in Tokyo said the country's medical field has always been unfriendly to female workers, so many women who wanted to keep working ended up quitting.More news: Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Bernard join Everton on Deadline Day
In July, Usui and Suzuki resigned as the chairman and president of the university, respectively, following allegations that they bribed a bureaucrat, Futoshi Sano, 59, in the form of guaranteeing his son's enrollment in exchange for a government subsidy.
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