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The education ministry plans to pay “consolation money” to 461 people who, due to errors by public universities, were told they had failed school entrance exams they had actually passed, ministry officials said Thursday.

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry plans to pay 200,000 yen each to the applicants who were incorrectly told they had failed entrance exams between 1997 and 2001 for Yamagata, Toyama, Kanazawa and Saitama universities as well as the College of Medical Technology and Nursing at the University of Tsukuba, they said.

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