Women Sue Tokyo Medical Univ. For Rigging Exams

Women sue Tokyo Medical Univ. for rigging exams

A medical university in Tokyo has been sued by a group of women who say they were victims of the school's gender-biased admissions policy.

The 33 women filed suit with the Tokyo District Court on Friday. They took Tokyo Medical University's entrance exams between 2006 and 2018, but were denied admission.

Last year, the school admitted to lowering exam scores to limit admission of women and older applicants.

The women want the university to refund their exam fees and pay damages for gender discrimination. They're demanding a total of more than 129 million yen, or about 1.1 million dollars.

One of the plaintiffs, who's in her 20s, received failing scores on the school's exam three years in a row.

She said scores should never be manipulated, especially at medical schools because they are directly linked to people's professional careers.

She said she hopes to seek fundamental reforms through the trial so that women will not have to give up on their dreams.

The plaintiffs' lawyer Yukiko Tsunoda said she wants the lawsuit to serve as a step toward eliminating gender discrimination.

Tokyo Medical University declined to comment, saying it has yet to study details of the suit.