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Daniel Halliday
Aug 4 · Last update 14 days ago.
Is there anything that can be done about sexism in Japan?
Following incidents of a top Japanese medical university lowering female entrance scores by 10 to 20 percent, what can be done to tackle sexism in Japan?
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Japan is steeped in history and tradition, and gender roles are closely linked to this
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Gender inequality maybe unfair but possibly too complicated to solve
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In a country that needs innovation, discrimination will only discourage progress
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Japan is steeped in history and tradition, and gender roles are closely linked to this

Discussing sexism in Japan is no easy task, sexism is permeated deeply in Japanese culture and is not comparable to other cultures that have had long established women’s rights campaigns. Sometimes sexist ideals are perpetuated by women in Japan also, having a deep respect for tradition and a large proportion of traditionalists, both women and men. Furthermore, sexism is not contained to just educational institutions, with companies and even families arguably reinforcing gender differences. Sexism is often seen as a necessary evil in Japan and changing one institutions acceptance policy for female students will not change this problem in any way. Some may even argue that what westerners call sexism could be misunderstood cultural difference and may be seen by some people as virtuous and traditional behaviour.

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Gender inequality maybe unfair but possibly too complicated to solve

While it is inexcusable to change an applicants exam results, we should be careful when thinking about how to address gender inequality. Gender inequality is a nuanced problem, with many causes and consequences, some not as simple as fairness or pay scale in a working environment. It is good to have a level playing field and especially important not to negatively discriminate against a whole gender. But equality of outcome for all groups, whether gender, ethnic or based on age is a dangerous goal that only has detrimental effects on society.

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In a country that needs innovation, discrimination will only discourage progress

Sexism has implications far further reaching than arguments of fairness or equality. Limiting potential students based on gender will limit potential talent the effected field may have, but when scandals such as this become public knowledge it will only discourage even more potential talent from considering to even apply. 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 profession as it harbours less risk for them personally.

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