Hunthenda University said in 2018 that it had raised the bar for women on exams to “close the gap among male students” as a scandal with admission to medical schools revealed inappropriate practices in several institutions.

  • Tokyo Medical School is required to pay compensation to 13 women for gender discrimination.
  • The institution made it difficult for students to take entrance exams.
  • He argued that women possess “better communication skills” and thus have an advantage during interviews.

Tokyo Medical School, which made it difficult for students to take entrance exams, is required to pay compensation to 13 women for gender discrimination on Thursday.

Hunthenda University said in 2018 that it had raised the bar for women on exams to “close the gap among male students” as a scandal with admission to medical schools revealed inappropriate practices in several institutions.

The university at the time claimed that women have the best communication skills and therefore they have an advantage in terms of applying for an interview.

A Tokyo District Court spokesman told AFP that Juntendo had been ordered to pay the plaintiffs, and local media reported that the total compensation was about eight million yen ($ 62,000). The university declined to comment.

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A government investigation was launched four years ago after another school, Tokyo Medical University, admitted to systematically lowering entrant scores to keep women in a student environment by about 30 percent.

A government report said applicants were discriminated against in four of the 81 schools she attended, and media outlets at the time said admissions officials believed women left the medical profession or worked less hours when they married and had children. .

Tokyo Medical School, Juntanda University and Kitasata University have acknowledged the problem and apologized, while St. Mariana Medical University has denied the allegations.

Since the publication of the report in 2018, several lawsuits have been filed against universities.


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