WORLD Japanese medical school apologized for scam

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Japanese medical school apologized for scam

VCG

09:17, August 08, 2018

An apology from the director of a Japanese medical school that deliberately slashed women's entrance exam scores.

Video source: VCG

To prevent them becoming doctors. A practice that went on for at least a decade.

Tokyo Medical University uncovered the problem in an internal investigation into whether bribery was involved in the admission of the son of a senior official.

His score had been boosted unfairly, it found.

Women in Japan face an uphill battle in employment, especially returning to work after childbirth.

It's one reason for the country's falling birthrate.

And it was found to be a reason why school officials manipulated women's scores - seeing them as more likely to quit medicine after having children.

The investigation showed men's points were raised, even those of men who had failed once or twice.

While all women had their scores lowered.

Senior school officials promise to sincerely consider their response, including possible compensation.

They say they were unaware of the scam. 

Tokyo Medical University deliberately cut women's entry exam scores to stop them getting in. 

And that's been going on for at least the past decade, the university's own internal investigation has found.

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