The Japanese "Spa!" magazine apologised on Tuesday January 8th for its classification of universities according to how easy it is to persuade female students to have sex during drinking parties.
According to AFP, the magazine's statement said, "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,"
On December 25th, the weekly tabloid magazine featured an article that sparked waves of anger over the Internet, after a woman launched a campaign on the change.org platform for an apology and suspension of the sales of the offending issue, collecting support from more than 28,000 people.
The article spoke of what it called "gyaranomi", or drinking parties, where males pay for women to attend, which, according to magazine, are popular among female college students.
The magazine interviewed a person who developed an app that helps men and women find potential companions. Her list was based on information from this interview.
Japan ranks last among G7 countries in terms of women's representation in politics and business.