Education - Japan Med School To Admit Once-Banned Students
Tokyo Medical University will accept 67 female students whose earlier rejections unlocked a massive gender discrimination scandal that triggered national outrage.
University President Yukiko Hayashi apologized for the school's discriminatory policy: "We will conduct fair entrance exams and never let the inappropriate practice be repeated," she said. "Nobody should be discriminated against because of gender."
In August, the school acknowledged it systematically discriminated against female applicants, despite high scores on entrance exams or impressive high school academic records. The entrance screeners deliberately kept the number of female students low out of fear that women would lose interest in medicine, get married, and have children.
It is not yet known how many of the 67 women will - or are able to - go back to school. Nor did Hayashi say what would happen with the dozens of male students who were allowed in instead of the more qualified women.