Headline, January 22 2019/ '' ' EDUCATION -JAPAN'S- EDITORIAL ' ''




''A WOMAN'S LIFE IS MUCH MORE COMPLICATED,'' said Yukiko Saito, Oin's principal.They have to stand up to some major decisions..

''WE are just like stores that don't have enough customers,'' said Akijo Kumada, one of the few female engineering professors at The University of Tokyo, and a member of its gender committee.

'''Right now,'' she said, ''we are not getting enough female customers.''

In her speech this year to freshmen at The University of Tokyo, retired professor Ms. Chizuko Ueno referred to a scandal exposing deliberate discrimination at Tokyo Medical University, where officials acknowledged having suppressed the entrance-exam scores of female applicants for years.

Administrators wanted to limit the proportion of women to 30 percent, claiming the female doctors were likely to stop working long after getting married or giving birth.

''A year after the scandal was revealed, women passed at a higher rate than men.''

Ms. Kumada has a few theories. Young girls, she said, are repeatedly fed the idea that academic achievement is not feminine. She cited lyrics by AKB48, a female pop band like ''While I'm still in school. It's O.K. to be stupid.''

Some women, she said, might fear that a Todai degree inevitably leads to high-powered career in brutal working culture. One graduate committed suicide after telling friends she had endured harassment and grueling hours at an advertising agency.

To recruit women, the university has mostly tried small-bore measures.

Todai sends female students back to their high schools to encourage younger women to take the entrance exam. In a recruitment brochure, ''we try to balance the photos we run,'' Ms. Kumada said, '' and make sure we have women in them.''

A more substantial policy provides dormitory subsidies to women from outside Greater Tokyo, an effort to mollify parents who might worry about safety in the big city.

The university pays 30,000 yen a month - roughly $275 - for about 100 female students. Critics have attacked the policy as discriminatory against men.

Outright quotas for women have been a nonstarter The University of Tokyo administrators have  rejected affirmative action as inequitable.

Staunchly traditional, Todai draws from the same high schools year after year. More than quarter of students who enrolled in 2019 came from just 10 high schools, seven of which are all male.

Unconsciously or not, high school and college administrators say, parents are more likely to push sons to achieve.

''With sons, parents really expect a lot and want their boys to perform to the maximum level and aim as high as they can go,'' said Hirosho Ono, principal of Tokyo Gakugei University High School, which sent 45 students to Todai this year, 11 of them women.

Parents, Mr. Ono said, ''feel bad about pushing girls to work that hard - they think it would be better for them to get married and be a housewife.''

Even at Oin Girls School, which sends more women to Todai than any other high school, administrators said girls may feel ambivalent about pursuing an elite education.

''A woman's life is much more complicated,'' said Yukiko Saito, Oin's principal. ''They have to decide who to marry, whether to marry, whether to have children or not.''

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