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Transgender students in Japan break barriers to women's colleges

Prestigious Tokyo school sets example with new admissions policy for 2020

Tokyo's Ochanomizu University will begin accepting transgender students from April 2020 -- a move the school's president described as "natural."

TOKYO -- Women's universities across Japan are gradually opening their doors to transgender students, reversing long-held policies of accepting only female applicants.

Ochanomizu University broke new ground on Tuesday, when it announced it would start enrolling transgender students in the year that begins in April 2020. Kimiko Murofushi, the university's president, told reporters this is a "natural" decision in a diverse society.

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