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Scandal in Japan: Tokyo Medical University restricted number of female doctors

By: Wassim Cornet | Constantin SIMON | Aruna POPURI
1 min

Following recent media revelations, Tokyo's prestigious Medical University has admitted that for 12 years, it manipulated entrance exam scores to restrict the number of female doctors. Pregnancy, maternity leave, raising children: in the eyes of the university's management, women are a "bad investment" for Japan's short-staffed public health system. The scandal reveals a deep-seated cultural bias in the country against the employment of mothers. Our correspondents report.

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A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Gaëlle Essoo.

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