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Univ. of Tokyo to offer 30,000 yen rent assistance to incoming female students

The University of Tokyo will give 30,000 yen per month in housing aid to female students who are entering the university next spring and are set to commute from apartments that the university has prepared for such students, it was announced on Nov. 14.

    The housing aid program aims at increasing the rate of female students entering the university from the perspective of gender equality as women make up of less than 20 percent of those accepted into the university.

    Female students entering the university next April who would have 90 minutes or more commute time to the Komaba Campus in Tokyo's Meguro Ward, where liberal arts classes are held, if they commuted from their parents' or guardians' home are subject to the 30,000 yen housing aid. The students will have to move into apartment complexes that the university will offer to be able to receive the financial support.

    The university says it will secure about 100 apartments after security and earthquake resistant measures for the buildings are confirmed. Under the program, the subsidies will be offered for up to two years.

    Political science professor Moriho Hirooka at Chuo University, who is versed in gender equality, sees the University of Tokyo's aid program favorably, saying, "It would go against gender equality if the university added points to the entrance exam results of female applicants, but the housing aid shows the institution's wish to attract more female students."

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