Tokyo Medical University deducted points from the entrance exam scores of all female applicants to keep the ratio of women studying at the university at about 30 percent, sources familiar with the matter said Aug. 2.
The practice likely began around 2010 and was apparently aimed at avoiding a shortage of doctors at affiliated hospitals. The medical college believed female doctors were more likely to resign or take long leave after getting married or giving birth, leading to a shortfall, according to the sources.
The university deducted points scored by female applicants, the sources said.
A university spokesperson said that the school will conduct an investigation into the matter.
The revelation comes after the indictments of the university’s chairman and president, who reportedly guaranteed entry to the university to a bureaucrat’s son in exchange for a government subsidy. An internal probe of the alleged quid pro quo by the university’s lawyers brought the exam bias to light.(Kyodo, The Japan Times)