Consumer Group Sues Tokyo Medical Univ. over Exam-Rigging

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Tokyo, Dec. 17 (Jiji Press)--The Consumers Organization of Japan on Monday filed a lawsuit against Tokyo Medical University, seeking damages for the school's exam score-rigging, such as examination fees and travel costs.

This is the first suit that a consumer group has filed on behalf of many individuals suffering financial damage since a special law on legal procedures for collective redress for consumer damage came into force in October 2016.

In its complaint filed with Tokyo District Court, the Consumers Organization of Japan requests redress be provided to women and high school graduates who failed entrance exams for the university in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018.

The group said the university carried out entrance exams without explaining in application guidelines that it would adjust scores depending on applicants' gender and status.

The university violated the country's university establishment standards, which require operators to select their students with appropriate systems using fair and reasonable methods, and failed to fulfill exam contracts, the consumer group also said.

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