Headline, January 23 2019/ '' ' O''JAPAN ! -CHERRIES- O' BLOSSOM ' '' : STUDENTS




To Honour and  Serve : His Imperial Highness the Emperor, and the whole Royal Family. His Excellency Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his cabinet. the people of Japan, and the beautiful country of Japan, a standing ovation.

And we have the singular owner lay forward all of our assurance of highest esteemed respects and  regards for the people of Japan.

Engineering Professor Ms. Kumada has a few theories : Some women, she said, might fear that a Todai degree inevitably leads to high-powered career in a brutal working culture.

One student committed suicide after telling friends she had endured harassment and grueling hours at an advertising agency.
To recruit women, The University of Tokyo has mostly tried small-bore measures. 

FOR a vast majority of students 
The University of Tokyo, [lovingly and respectfully called, Todai ] admission rests solely on one exam for which students spend years studying.

High school grades and extracurricular activities carry just no weight.

ZKAI, a cram school for university entrance exams, has a high acceptance rate to Todai.

Wataru Miyahara, a director said  fewer girls study for the exam. ''It's hard to tell which is the chicken and which is the egg,'' he said. ''But there are so few girls in Todai, so it's hard for girls to look at Todai and say ''I want to go there.''

Whatever the reason, he said, 'they are not as ambitious as boys.''

Three years ago, Todai invited high schools to recommend male and one female student who could forgo the exam in exchange for an essay or group interview.

Fewer than 70 students a year are admitted this way out of a freshman class of more than 3,000.

Aine Adachi, 20, who came to Todai  three years ago through this system, said expanding the criteria  to evaluate strengths not captured by one high-stakes test could attract more women.

''Having one criteria to judge a person by doesn't make it fair,'' she said.

On campus, Ms. Adachi, who is studying law, said she feels scrutinized as a minority Gender discrimination, she said, comes in subtle forms.

Once she and a male classmate were planning a club trip, huddled over laptops, in a cafe near campus. Another male classmate walked up and observed their conversations.

''It looks like the boss and his secretary!'' he quipped. ''Why do you assume I'm the secretary,'' Ms. Adachi retorted. ''Why can't I be the boss?''

Women in Todai often feel isolated. When a class gathered for graduation photo, Kiri Sugimoto, 24, a law student, was the only woman.

''What irritated me was that the men made remarks like having me in the picture would look great because it wouldn't look like a boys prep school photo,'' she said. ''I was treated as a decorative rose among stones. That irritated me to be treated like that.''
Some Todai men avoid socializing with female classmates, favoring activities in which most of the women come from other universities.

At a ballroom-dancing club, Erica Nakayama, 23, a masters student said she and her classmates were outnumbered by women from other universities.

Todai men, she said, frequently typecast female peers as very serious.

''A boy once said,'' 'Todai girls are a little scary,'' Ms. Makayama recalled. ''I just kind of laughed and let it go. But in a way it did kind of hurt my feelings.''

Some clubs tacitly bar Todai women, although the university officially discourages outright exclusion. Of more than 30 social clubs focused on tennis, for example, only two actively recruit Todai women.

Men have little incentives to change. Campus advocacy is minimal. Even an investigation by the   student newspaper about clubs that exclude Todai women did not identify the exclusive groups.

Women hesitate to speak out. Ms.. Nakayama said she avoided activism that might be construed as  feminist.

''It might have some repercussions for me,'' she said. People ''might think I'm acting too manly or too strongly.''

In an outside class, Ms. Hayashi saod, women tolerate a culture in which men easily make jokes filled with sexual innuendo or comment on women's appearances. ''You are expected to understand and communicate with these, sexual jokes,'' she said. ''Otherwise you kind of a fell left out.''

''You just have to understand,'' she said, ''and accept the male view.''

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