A medical school in Tokyo that made it difficult for female students to pass entrance exams was ordered Thursday to pay compensation to 13 women for gender discrimination.
Juntendo University said in 2018 that it had raised the bar for women in exams in order to “close the gap with male students” as a scandal over medical school admissions uncovered inappropriate practices at several institutions. .
The university argued at the time that women had better communication skills and therefore had an advantage in the interview portion of their applications.
A spokesman for the Tokyo district court told AFP that Juntendo had been ordered to pay the plaintiffs, with local media reporting that the total compensation amounted to about 8 million yen ($62,000). The university declined to comment.
A government investigation was launched four years ago after another college, Tokyo Medical University, admitted it had systematically lowered female candidates’ scores to keep women in the student body around 30 percent.
The government report said female applicants were discriminated against at four of the 81 schools it studied, and media at the time said admissions staff believed women would leave the medical profession or work fewer hours when they married and had children. .
Tokyo Medical School, Juntendo University, and Kitasato University admitted the problem and apologized, while St. Marianna University of Medicine denied the claims.
Several lawsuits have been filed against the universities since the report’s publication in 2018.