Chinese suspected of cheating on Japanese university exam arrested

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The Metropolitan Police Department. Two Chinese men in their 20s have been arrested for an alleged case of cheating during a Hitotsubashi University entrance exam, in which they posted test questions on social media and solicited answers. | KYODO

Two Chinese men in their 20s have been arrested for an alleged case of cheating during a Hitotsubashi University entrance exam, in which they posted exam questions on social media and solicited answers, it has been reported. Thursday the police.

Tokyo police on Wednesday arrested Wang Jialu, a 22-year-old student, and Li Suihan, 28, his alleged accomplice, for obstructing the operation of the university. Wang allegedly enlisted Li, his former guardian, to help him with the plot in exchange for compensation.

Wang, who sat the entrance exam held on Jan. 31 for international applicants, and Li are suspected of conspiring to photograph a math exam sheet during the testing session and sharing it on the social media, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

Investigators said Thursday that Wang allegedly used small headphones during the exam to contact Li, who was outside the room. Police are investigating on the assumption that the couple arranged to use devices that would go unnoticed by those around them.

Small wireless headphones and a smartphone were confiscated during a search of Wang’s home, investigators said, and an analysis of his call records and other data is ongoing.

The exam covered math, Japanese and general questions. Cheating on all three topics is being investigated as Li allegedly admitted to sharing answers with Wang on topics other than math, investigative sources said.

Just before the exam, Li allegedly asked another Chinese university student to write a post on Chinese social media platform WeChat that read, “I’m looking for someone who can help me with my homework,” according to the report. police.

Footage of the questions was forwarded to people who volunteered to help, and the matter came to light after a user who saw the post informed the university.

Seven math exam questions are believed to have been released, police said, but it is unclear whether Wang received any of the answers during the exam or why the couple used social media rather than to just ask former tutor Li to research the questions himself.

A total of 67 privately-funded foreign students took the exam, according to the university, of which 29 people, including Wang, passed.

At the time, Wang was attending another university and passed the test to enroll in Hitotsubashi University.

“It is extremely regrettable that a student has been arrested,” Hitotsubashi University said in a statement.

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