Tokyo Medical Univ. Ordered to Pay 18 M. Yen over Exam-Rigging

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Tokyo, Sept. 9 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo District Court on Friday ordered Tokyo Medical University to pay a total of 18.3 million yen in damages to women affected by the school's score-rigging in past entrance examinations.

Presiding Judge Kyoko Hiraki ordered that the payments be made to 27 of the 28 plaintiffs, all women who took the university's entrance exams in the past. They had demanded 152 million yen in damages.

Hiraki acknowledged that the university made score adjustments in medical department entrance exams from fiscal 2006 to fiscal 2018, bumping up scores for some male applicants in order to pick passers based on gender and age.

The university "treated women unfairly on the basis of their gender, which cannot be changed by one's efforts or will, and that goes against the spirit of the basic law on education and the Constitution," Hiraki said.

Having female applicants take entrance exams without notifying them of the existence of score adjustments "violates applicants' freedom to make volitional decisions on which schools to take entrance exams for and constitutes an illegal act," Hiraki also said.

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