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Medical school admits manipulating exam results to keep out women

Tokyo Medical University acknowledged recent reports in the Japanese media were true.

A Japanese medical school has confirmed after an internal investigation that it systematically altered entrance exam scores for years to keep out female applicants and ensure more men became doctors.

Tokyo Medical University manipulated all entrance tests results since 2000 or even earlier.

The findings released on Tuesday by lawyers involved in the internal investigation confirm recent reports in Japanese media.

Internal investigation committee members hold a press conference on an investigation on fraud into its admissions process of Tokyo Medical University (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

The manipulation surfaced during an investigation of an alleged wrongful admission of a bureaucrat’s son.

The internal investigation found the school first reduced all applicants’ first-stage scores to 80% then added up to 20 points only to male applicants with three or fewer application tries.

The school wanted fewer female doctors because it anticipated they would become mothers and would shorten or halt their careers.

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