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Women beat men in passing medical school entrance exams in Japan for first time, study finds

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  • The number of women who passed their medical school entrance exams in Japan reportedly surpassed that of men for the 2021 academic year – a first in the country’s history, according to new data released by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology last week.
  • Out of 43,243 female applicants, 5,880 (13.60%) passed their exams while 8,421 out of 62,325 male applicants (13.51%) passed theirs.
  • The survey, released on Feb. 16, looked at male and female students at 81 of Japan’s universities with medical faculties.

New data released by Japan’s education ministry last week revealed that, for the first time in the country, the medical school entrance exam passing rate for women surpassed that of men.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology checked the entry exam passing rate of students across Japan’s 81 universities with medical faculties to find that the ratio of women who had passed their exams exceeded the ratio of men who passed theirs by 0.09%, The Asahi Shimbun reported.