Tokyo: A Japanese magazine which had published an article ranking women's universities on how easy it is to convince students to have sex at drinking parties, apologised on Tuesday, January 8.
The article listing the ranks appeared in the December 25 edition of the weekly magazine "Spa!", which prompted outrage among the subscribers.
One woman launched an online campaign, and filed a petition on change.org.
Her petition had collected support from more than 28,000 people by Tuesday.
"We would like to apologise for using sensational language to appeal to readers about how they can become intimate with women and for creating a ranking... with real university names... that resulted in a feature that may have offended readers," the magazine's editorial department said in a statement obtained by AFP.
The article was about a practice the magazine described as "gyaranomi" or drinking parties that male participants pay women to attend.
The magazine stated, "On issues that involve sex, we will do what we can as a magazine to listen to various opinions."
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