Gender Quota at Tokyo Medical University Raises Issue of Inequality in Japan

JAPAN SCHOOL SCANDAL
Tetsuo Yukioka, managing director of Tokyo Medical University, speaks during a press conference Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Tokyo. The school has been investigating a reported allegation that it has discriminated against female applicants. Eugene Hoshiko / AP Photo
JAPAN SCHOOL SCANDAL
Tetsuo Yukioka, managing director of Tokyo Medical University, speaks during a press conference Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Tokyo. The school has been investigating a reported allegation that it has discriminated against female applicants. Eugene Hoshiko / AP Photo

Gender Quota at Tokyo Medical University Raises Issue of Inequality in Japan

Earlier this month the prestigious Tokyo Medical University admitted to lowering the test scores of female applicants to bar them from being admitted into the university. This has systematically been occurring for the past eight years.  Despite efforts from the Abe administration, Japan currently ranks 114th in gender equality according to the World Economic Forum. Joining us to discuss gender discrimination in Japan is Linda Hasunuma, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Bridgeport. She is currently facilitating the Japan-America Women Political Scientists Symposium that takes place from August 28-31.