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Tokyo medical school takes heat for gender discrimination

Entrance exam sabotage reveals male-oriented culture in medical field

Tokyo Medical University deliberately failed women applicants by rigging test scores. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- Tokyo Medical University's reported altering of test scores to limit female entrants has sparked criticism as a symbol of the barriers women still face as they try to advance in Japanese society.

The private school began lowering test scores of women applicants from around 2010, when admitted female students began to increase. The practice, reported Thursday, was designed to curb the number of women doctors at its own university hospital, as they are seen as more likely to take leave or quit to give birth or raise children.

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