No Admission Misconduct Found at 10 Medical Schools: Education Ministry

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Tokyo, June 25 (Jiji Press)--None of 10 medical schools in Japan rigged entrance examinations this year, an education ministry survey revealed Tuesday.

Last year, the ministry found in its emergency nationwide probe that Tokyo Medical University and eight other medical schools had been conducting inappropriate practices in their admission processes, such as discrimination against female applicants and preferential treatment of children of their graduates. In addition, the ministry said St. Marianna University School of Medicine was highly likely to have treated applicants unfairly.

The 2019 survey showed that exams were operated in "fair and appropriate ways" at the nine universities, Education minister Masahiko Shibayama told a press conference.

"No specific problems were detected" at St. Marianna, he added.

The survey also found that this year's female acceptance rate increased at all of the four schools that discriminated against female applicants in the past. For instance, the female-male acceptance ratio stood at 1 to 0.98 against the previous year's 1 to 3.11 at Tokyo Medical University and 1 to 0.93 against 1 to 1.93 at Juntendo University.

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