Showa University Admits to Rigging Entrance Exam Results

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Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)--Showa University in Tokyo admitted Monday that its medical school has been rigging entrance examination results in favor of first- and second-time test takers, while putting former students' children high on waiting lists to fill vacancies.

The preferential treatment that has been granted since six years ago was detected by a recent education ministry survey following the revelation of admission fraud at Tokyo Medical University.

"We were told by a regulatory agency that these practices are inappropriate, given the necessity of fairness and transparency in entrance examinations," Yoshio Ogawa, head of the Showa University School of Medicine, said at a press conference.

"We deeply apologize for the practices that undermined public trust," Ogawa said.

The university denied that the medical school had any gender-based admission criteria, as did Tokyo Medical University.

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