Japan, Tokyo Medical University, Elaine Lee discussed on All Things Considered


Done then again she's not exactly making a bipartisan appeal there after taking on terrorists and combat the liberals in the Senate won't scare me one, bit at a time when congress as polarized as ever trying to tell voters you'll reach across the, aisle just may not be a winning strategy whether you're a man, or a woman Danielle Kurt Slaven NPR news And you're listening to all. Things, considered from, NPR news All right let's turn to another story about women. Trying to find their place in a male dominated profession a Japanese medical school has admitted to systematically rigging its entrance exam to hurt women candidates an internal investigation into Tokyo Medical University found that the school had. Been lowering women's test scores for at least a decade it should be noted that some men. Were given bonus points in order to boost their scores the schools officials have since publicly apologized and the scandal has caused outrage throughout the. Country, bringing to light Japan's deep problem with gender discrimination Elaine, Lee's from Reuters has been covering. The. Story in Tokyo and she joins us now welcome Hello so what originally was the university's rationale. For docking scores of women and boosting scores of men the idea was that women would quits, early on in their careers as doctors and to have Children to raise their families and they were worried that this would lead to a shortage of. Doctors, at the university hospital that was the assumption that was, made and they followed it since. Two. Thousand and six apparently and it was prompted by a jump in women doing well and passing. The exams year before so they decided they would keep the number of women around thirty percent And when news of this investigation broke did people even seem surprised. By in Japan I mean what what has been the reaction. In, country kind of the overarching reaction was fairly calm but women were furious and there was. A hashtag campaign on social media saying it is. Okay to the angry at sexism and women wrote in sharing their own stories, not just in the. Medical field but throughout their, lives throughout their job hunts and throughout their experience and that was really something and that's what kind of story oh they were this one woman. Said that she had fought her parents to go into academia they said academia has not a. Place for women she got into the best university in Japan than when she was job hunting. People said to her if you were a man we were hired immediately And her comment was wow I thought my only enemies my parents but it was all. Of society now Japan is one of the biggest. Economies in the world but do you have a sense of how it ranks, in terms of women, being represented in elite professions, or in senior positions It is very very. Very, low and prime minister AVI when he came to power he. Said that improving the, gender-balanced. Was one of his goals, he said, he wanted to make Japan a. Society, where women can shine and wanted women to be in, thirty percent of the country's leadership positions by twenty twenty right well that does not seem to be advancing appreciably at this point What, has this government said about this particular. Case of gender discrimination by the med. School well obey, himself, has not commented on this directly as far as I know, but there were reports today that the education ministry is going. To look into the entrance exams for all of Japan's medical schools so we'll see where that goes to see if scores have been doctored I assume Elaine Lee's have. Reuters, joins us from Tokyo thank you very much and thank you.

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