What one medical school has been doing to keep out women

Tokyo Medical University took action after a spike in successful female entrants

A Tokyo medical school has systematically cut female applicants' entrance exam scores for years to keep them out and boost the numbers of male doctors, Japanese media reported last week.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made creating a society "where women can shine" a priority, but they still face an uphill battle in employment, as well as hurdles returning to work after having children despite Japan's falling birth rate.

From 2011, the university began cutting the scores of female applicants to keep the number of women students at about 30%, after the number of successful female entrants jumped in 2010, Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

The paper quoted university sources as saying that the action was prompted by a "strong sense at the school" that many women quit medicine after graduating to get married and have children.

Tokyo Medical University spokesman Fumio