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Tokyo Medical University Accused of Lowering Exams Scores to Limit Female Students

By Anna Quintana

Konnichi-what? It is being reported that Tokyo Medical University tampered with the entrance exam scores of its female candidates to ensure that the number of women applicants fall below 30 percent.  

According to the Japanese paper Yomiuri Shimbun, the prestigious university began altering scores in 2011. An unnamed source also revealed that the school allegedy had a "silent" understanding to reduce the number of female entrants over concerns women were not going to practice medicine after graduation. 

"Many female students who graduate end up leaving the actual medical practice to give birth and raise children," the source told the newspaper, per the BBC. As further proof, the paper showed how this year, only 30 women were accepted to study compared to 141 men. Before 2010, female participation was reportedly at 40 percent.