SENDAI--A women's university here will accept students who were born male but identify as female, a first among such private institutions in Japan.

With a history of more than 130 years, Miyagi Gakuin Women's University in the city's Aoba Ward will start accepting transgender students from fiscal 2021.

Similar inclusive policies have been adopted by Ochanomizu University in Tokyo and Nara Women’s University in Nara.

About 3,200 students attend Miyagi Gakuin Women's University, which has already accepted some transgender male students who were female by birth but identify as male.

Such students have been allowed to use their preferred names, instead of the ones in their family register.

As part of broader inclusive efforts, a committee at the university has been discussing ways to support sexual minorities since fiscal 2017.

The decision to accept transgender female students was made by the faculty council at a meeting in March.

University President Arata Hirakawa will make an official announcement soon, titled, "Diversity declaration for a harmonious existence."

The university will make facilities and spaces available for transgender students, including gender-neutral bathrooms and private changing rooms, on campus.

Also, it will be up to each transgender student to decide whether to disclose such information about themselves.

The university will discuss the possibility of adopting trans-inclusive admissions policies for grad students as well.