A 19-year-old person has passed this year's national bar exam, becoming the youngest successful applicant since the current exam format was introduced in 2006.
According to the Ministry of Justice, a total of 5,238 people sat the exam, which is perceived as one of the most difficult tests in Japan, and the 19-year-old was one of 1,525 applicants who passed.
The numbers of applicants and those passed the exam this year were the smallest since 2012, when the old test format was completely abolished. The success rate was 29.11 percent. The number of applicants dropped by 729 from last year, while the number of successful applicants dipped by 18 from the 2017 figure.
Those who passed the exam ranged in age from 19 to 68. The average age of successful test takers was 28.8. The successful applicant aged 19 passed a preliminary exam and qualified to take the main test without graduating from law school last year at age 18, becoming the youngest individual to do so. Among the successful applicants, 1,150 were men and 375 were women.
The number of successful applicants who passed the preliminary test stood at 336 -- up 46 from the previous year. Their success rate stood at 77.6 percent, higher than any figure for law graduate schools. Kyoto University graduate school of law had the largest number of successful examinees at 128, taking the No. 1 position for the first time since 2012.
(Japanese original by Takeshi Wada, City News Bureau)