Juntendo, Showa Univs Suspected of Rigging Entrance Exam Results

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Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)--Juntendo University and Showa University are suspected of rigging results of entrance examinations for their respective medical faculties as Tokyo Medical University did, informed sources said Saturday.

Juntendo and Showa, both in Tokyo, are believed to have applied different test judgement criteria on the basis of gender and the number of exam failures in the past, according to the sources familiar with results so far of the education ministry's emergency survey on universities with medical departments across Japan.

The sources also said that male applicants' exam pass rate was higher than female applicants' at some 80 pct of the 81 universities surveyed but only Tokyo Medical University admitted misconduct, such as manipulating test scores of female applicants.

Based on data over the past six years, Juntendo's male-to-female acceptance ratio proved the highest, at 1.67 to one, followed by Showa's 1.54 to one, the sources noted.

At a press conference on Friday, education minister Masahiko Shibayama said a multiple number of universities with medical faculties were found to have rigged entrance exam results. He did not identify them.

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