Tokyo Medical Univ. OKs Entry of 101 Applicants Affected by Score-Rigging

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Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Medical University said Wednesday that it has decided to grant admission in fiscal 2019 to 101 applicants who were denied entrance in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018 due to the school's score-rigging although their exam scores were above passing marks.

They will be allowed to attend the university from next April, the starting month of fiscal 2019, the institution said. Some of them, however, may not be able to enter because of the admission capacity.

"I'm deeply shocked as the number of applicants affected (by the admission fraud) was so large," Yukiko Hayashi, president of the university, told a press conference the same day. "I'm truly sorry for them."

Hayashi, the first female chief of Tokyo Medical University, assumed the post in early October, after the admission scandal came to light.

In an interim report released last month, a third-party investigation committee set up by the private university said that a total of 69 applicants were denied admission in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018 although they earned passing scores in the entrance exams.

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