Court rules medical school must return fees after rigging exam scores
Japan Today -- Mar 08
A court ruled Friday that Tokyo Medical University, which has admitted to rigging its exams to limit the entrance of female and certain male applicants, is obligated to reimburse candidates who were penalized.

"The manipulation of scores violated the principle of equality enshrined by the Constitution and there is a strong suspicion that the university acted illegally against the applicants," said Presiding Judge Tatsuro Maezawa in a Tokyo District Court ruling.

Tokyo Medical University deducted points from the scores of women and previously unsuccessful male candidates who sat its entrance exams in 2017 and 2018, according to the ruling.

The suit was brought by the Consumers Organization of Japan, a body certified by the state, to confirm that the university was obliged to reimburse the expenses incurred by candidates who were penalized in the exam rigging.

If the district court ruling is finalized, the organization will ask those affected to join the process under which the Tokyo court will determine the amount of individual compensation to be paid.

The university admitted in 2018 that it had manipulated its exam scores for over 10 years to curb female enrollment in the belief that women tend to resign or take long periods of leave after marrying or giving birth.

News source: Japan Today
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