Photo/IllutrationTokyo Medical University President Yukiko Hayashi speaks at a news conference in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on Nov. 7. (Jin Nishioka)

Tokyo Medical University will accept entry of some--but not all--of the 101 applicants who were unfairly denied admission over the past two years because of a rigged examination process.

Yukiko Hayashi, president of the university, said officials will confirm if the 101 applicants--34 men and 67 women--still want to attend the school starting in fiscal 2019.

They took the entrance exam to enroll in the university in fiscal 2017 and 2018, but they didn’t make the cut because the university padded the scores for its preferred applicants of male students and first-time test takers.

“We deeply apologize to the applicants and related people,” Hayashi said at the start of her news conference on Nov. 7.

The 101 victims will have to decide by Nov. 30 if they want to study at the university.

However, the school will accept a maximum of 63 applicants, Hayashi said.

“Our decision is based largely on our fixed number for soliciting students,” she said.

Asked about the possibility that applicants could again be denied enrollment, Hayashi said, “All we can do is say sorry to them.”

The fixed number for entry into the university’s School of Medicine is 120. The school will have to reduce that number for fiscal 2019 to make room for the victims of its score manipulations.

Hayashi was also asked if the university would offer compensation to the 101 applicants and take measures for those who may again be denied entry.

“We are considering it now and will report on it later,” she said.

An independent committee led by a former Supreme Court justice released an interim report last month of its investigation into the university’s entrance exam process in fiscal 2017 and 2018.

The report said 69 applicants in total were unfairly denied admission because of the rigged scoring system.

Based on the report, the university conducted its own study on what would have happened had the scores not been manipulated.

In fiscal 2017, 32 applicants--16 men and 16 women--passed the exam but ended up failing. For fiscal 2018, 18 men and 51 women suffered the same fate.

The independent committee also pointed out that the score manipulations could have started as long ago as fiscal 2006.

When asked how the university would deal with applicants before fiscal 2016, Hayashi said, “As the committee is continuing its investigation, I can’t say anything until the results come out.”

The exam score rigging was uncovered earlier this year during investigations into separate bribery incidents between the university and education ministry officials.

(This article was written by Shimpei Doi and Seiko Sadakuni.)