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Women beat men in Japan medical school acceptance rate for 1st time

Education Ministry starts publishing admission data after score-rigging scandal

The entrance to Tokyo Medical University, which once inflated entrance exam scores for the sons of Education Ministry bureaucrats. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- For what appears to be the first time, the acceptance rate for women has exceeded that for men at Japanese medical schools.

Among male applicants for medical programs at national, public and private universities, the overall acceptance rate was 13.51%, lower than the 13.6% for women, according to data from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

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