Sexism has implications far further reaching than arguments of fairness or equality. Limiting potential students based on gender will limit potential talent-pools the effected field may have to choose candidates from, but when scandals such as this become public knowledge it will only discourage even more potential talent from considering to even apply for these biased fields. This is bad for the institution as a business and worse for the field in general, as potentially talented doctors may seek out another line of study and professions, as it harbours less risk for them personally.
Ingrained discriminatory policies such as these could potentially feed into a societal neurosis also, causing some people to retract from the societal norms of starting a family and child-rearing. Looking at the increase of single person households (34.6% in 2015), coupled with a growing amount of people remaining single past the age of 50, it is obvious to see the contributing factors behind Japan’s falling birth rate, now over a third of all households in Japan being occupied by single people. Regardless of Japanese traditionalism, the trends look to be going against the preservation of Japanese culture by numbers alone. It remains debatable but morally reprehensible attitudes such as this could be feeding into a decline in the Japanese population.
However it is not limited to this sole case, there are also numerous examples of gender discrimination in Japan, sometimes targeting men also, such as the barring of male midwives. There is further evidence in the law regarding name change in marriage, although it is possible for men to take their wives family name when getting married, 90% of Japanese women still take their husbands family name. There is no choice for women to keep their maiden name legally when married, and likewise there is no provision for same sex or transgender couples. These laws, or lack thereof, alienate talent, alienate subsections of society completely, and feeds into growing negative statistics that indicate a decline in Japanese society.
Japan has discrimination laws that protect workers against gender discrimination, however this may not apply in the case of universities in Japan. As they are an institution and not an employer. Japan should further its laws to be inclusive of all institutions and organisations also, especially when there are in the interest of the countries economic future. It is only logical. Furthermore, out of date laws and rules should be overhauled completely to try and reduce discrimination, and to protect minority groups that may not have existed or may have been marginalised traditionally.