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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 we. Keep. The number of women around thirty percent and when news of this investigation broke did people even. Seem surprised by it in Japan I mean what what has been the reaction in the country Kind of an overarching reaction was fairly calm but women were, furious and there was, a hashtag campaign on social, media saying it is okay. To be angry at, sexism. And women wrote in sharing their own stories, not dust 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 stories 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 you immediately. And her comment was, wow I thought my only enemies where 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 when he came, to power he said, that improving the gender-balanced was, one of his goals he. Said he wanted to, make. Japan 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 government said about this particular case of gender discrimination by the med school. Well be 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 LIZA. Reuters, joined us from Tokyo thank you very much and thank you.

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