Prospective female university students who took entrance exams at some of Japan’s most prestigious universities are finding out their home economics results were deliberately marked up.

The malpractice of increasing successful female candidates is estimated to have begun in 2006, and was aimed at maintaining the nation’s population of housewives.

“I was advised to take up a career in housewifery,” says 20-year-old student Yume Kowashita.

“I was hoping to be a doctor but I ended up studying about cooking and cleaning.”

This year’s national home economics exams unveiled that 99% of women taking the test had ‘successfully’ passed compared to 1% of men.

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