Man referred to prosecution for electronic cheating on university entrance exam

Tokyo police have sent papers to prosecutors on a man who allegedly used camera-equipped smart glasses to cheat on an entrance exam at Waseda University.

The 18-year-old was a high school senior when the alleged cheating took place in February of this year.

Police say the man took photos of question sheets during a chemistry test for the private university's School of Creative Science and Engineering.

He then sent the images via smartphone to the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, and solicited answers.

He could be charged with obstructing the university's operations.

The man allegedly searched on X about one week before the exam for people who might be able to solve tough questions.

He sent them messages asking them to be his online tutor, with suggestions of payment.

On the day of the exam, he sent them images without telling them the questions were from an entrance exam.

The man wrote the answers he received on the test sheet.

But one person he contacted notified the university.

When the man showed up at a later date to take an exam for another faculty, the university staff confirmed there was a camera attached to his glasses. His exam results were invalidated.

The man paid several thousand yen, or a few dozen dollars, to those who sent answers, but the police believe those people were not aware of any wrongdoing.

The man is believed to have cheated on tests other than chemistry.

He has reportedly told investigators he was worried because he had done poorly on standardized entrance examinations and was rejected by his preferred national university. He said he wants to apologize to Waseda University and the people he got involved.