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Students whose parents donated money to Teikyo University before their admission received preferential treatment in entrance exams if they were on the border between acceptance and rejection, sources said Tuesday.

Several university officials have told Tokyo prosecutors that the university gave such favorable treatment, and the officials’ statement suggests that students’ fates were dictated by cash.

The university is already under fire for accepting donations from parents of applicants.

While it freely admits it received “donations” from parents in the leadup to student admissions, Teikyo University has maintained that its entrance exams were graded in an impartial manner.

On Nov. 6, prosecutors arrested Yoshikazu Okinaga, 58, the younger brother of Shoichi Okinaga, former head of Teikyo Gakuen, one of the university’s affiliates, in connection with illegal donations to the university before admissions.

Yoshikazu is suspected of evading about 140 million yen in income tax by concealing some 310 million yen in donations from parents.

Under instructions from Okinaga and others who acted as go-betweens, the secretariat of the university compiled a list of students whose parents were willing to donate cash, the sources said.

The list included the names of the applicants, their parents, the go-betweens and the amount the parents were expected to hand over. The university notified applicants of their admission and received donations through the go-betweens, the sources said.

The former Education Ministry banned universities from receiving donations from applicants’ parents in 1981 to prevent the practice from allowing backdoor admissions to schools.

In July, Teikyo University submitted a report to the education ministry showing it had accepted money from about 10 percent of enrolled students in its medical department before their admission over the last five years, in violation of the ban.

A Teikyo spokesman meanwhile denied the existence of a list of possible donors and said exam results were not influenced by donations.

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