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One of Japan's most famous universities is planning to ban all watches from entrance exam rooms to minimize cheating. According to The Wall Street Journal report - Kyoto University's ban was needed to conduct a "fair test," and this ban covers covers all kind of watches including mechanical ones. The paper says Kyoto is world's first Japanese school to bring in complete ban, although schools from other countries had similar rules. For example, institutes in Australia and England have banned watches, and the AP Program along with SAT test centers in the US have also placed ban on smartwatches inside the examination hall.


Kyoto University was brought negative attention when it got itself intertwined in one of Japan's biggest cheating scandals in 2011; a student released questions to online board from his phone during an exam and asked for solution to the forum visitors. These days cell phones are not allowed in most of the examination rooms. As per the officials, exam takers who would like to keep track of time, will have to check out the clock's set up in each of the examination hall. Interestingly Kyoto is also the school which banned cosplay costumes at graduation.


Some of the notable alumni of Kyoto include former Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda, Nobel Prize winner Isamu Akasaka and Ryoji Noyori.


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