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44 applicants rejected at Tokyo Medical Univ. due to exam score rigging granted entry

Yukiko Hayashi, president of Tokyo Medical University, bows at a news conference over a rigged admission process after a news conference in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on Nov. 7, 2018. (Mainichi/Toshiki Miyama)

TOKYO -- Some 44 out of 49 applicants whom Tokyo Medical University rejected in 2017 and 2018 due to a rigged admission process but have shown a willingness to enroll after re-evaluation will be admitted to the institution, university officials said on Dec. 7.

The remaining five -- women who took this year's examination -- have been rejected because their original scores before manipulation proved to be below the pass line.

Since 2006, Tokyo Medical University had uniformly reduced the scores of female applicants and those who had failed in the institution's entrance examinations multiple times to prioritize male applicants who had not failed in its multiple entrance exams.

Following the revelations of the wrongdoing, the university restored the original scores before they were manipulated, and concluded that 101 applicants could be reconsidered for admission. The university managed to contact 78 of those applicants and 49 of them expressed their will to enter the institution.

Among the 49 applicants, all 14 who took the exam last year and have shown their willingness to enroll will be admitted because the university confirmed that they gained scores above the pass mark.

However, of the applicants who took this year's entrance examination and have shown a willingness to enroll, the institution concluded that the scores of five women were below the pass mark.

(Japanese original by Kenichi Mito, City News Department)

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