Showa University said it ordered staff to sniffle more loudly while female applicants took entrance exams for its medical school, in the latest case of entry-test irregularities following the manipulation of scores discovered at Tokyo Medical University.
The university in Tokyo said it has also asked proctors to cough regularly in rooms designated for female exam takers.
“It is regrettable,” Yoshio Ogawa, dean of the university’s medical faculty, said at a press conference on Monday.
“We sincerely deeply apologize to all our exam takers,” Ogawa said, relieving himself of any further consequences.
The rigging was aimed at keeping the proportion of women studying at the university to about 30 percent to avoid female doctors gaining any significant power in society where they could start to challenge the male dominated culture.