TOKYO — In late 2018, the education ministry concluded that 10 medical schools across Japan had discriminated against female and repeat applicants. Since then, only one of them, St. Marianna University School of Medicine in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, has refused to admit it. Even after a third-party investigative committee confirmed the discriminatory entrance practices based on objective evidence, St. Marianna has not offered places to any of the victims or taken other remedial steps.
This led to four women filing suit at the Tokyo District Court on Oct. 14 seeking reparations for psychological distress from the school where they had once sought to study.
Similar suits have been filed against some of the other offending institutions, including Tokyo Medical University and Juntendo University. However, the plaintiffs’ legal