An interim report from Japan’s education ministry that is looking into whether other medical schools have been discriminating against female applicants after the recent drama at Tokyo Medical University found, “Inappropriate practices were discovered at several universities.”
So, it unfortunately appears the practice of discriminating against female medical school applicants was widespread. The final report is expected in December.
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a group of women who applied to Tokyo Medical University since 2006 demanding compensation for their entrance exam fees.
“We would not have applied if we had known about the illegal score rigging, and it has caused us great emotional distress,” reads a section of the legal document they filed. They are also demanding their correct exam scores and application results be disclosed. They requested a reply from the university within the next two weeks.
Tokyo Medical University announced it will offer admission to 67 women who were wrongly rejected over the past two years. University President Yukiko Hayashi explained, “We will conduct fair entrance exams and never let the inappropriate practice be repeated. Nobody should be discriminated against because of gender.”