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Tokyo Medical U. board to resign en masse over discrimination, bribery scandals

This file photo dated July 2018 shows the gate to Tokyo Medical University in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- The 16 members of the board of regents at Tokyo Medical University will resign en masse on Dec. 21 to take responsibility for a bribery scandal involving the school's former top officials and cases of discrimination against women and others in its entrance exams, according to the school.

Five of the members, including Chairman Yoshio Yazaki and President Yukiko Hayashi, who both assumed their current posts after the scandals emerged, will be reappointed Dec. 22, the school said in its Dec. 13 announcement. In addition, 46 members of the school council, which elects regents, will also resign, including those who double as board members.

In July, the medical school's former board of regents' chairman Masahiko Usui and President Mamoru Suzuki resigned and were later indicted without detention for their alleged roles in granting admission to the son of a senior education ministry official in return for winning a ministry subsidy.

Then in August, the school admitted to reducing the entrance exam scores of female applicants and repeat test takers since around 2006.

In the press release about the change of board and voting council members posted to its website, the school said the scandals had caused a loss of public trust and substantial trouble to applicants and their guardians.

"We are reviewing our governance and administration of entrance examinations, among other issues, to prevent a recurrence," the school said.

The new board of regents will have four outside members instead of three. The voting council will include more outside members and fewer school employees and alumni.

(Japanese original by Kenichi Mito, City News Department)

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