Japan court finds ex-professor guilty of leaking bar exam


TOKYO, Dec 24, 2015 (AFP) - A Japanese court Thursday found a former law professor guilty of leaking highly competitive bar exam questions to one of his female students whom he was reportedly dating. Koichi Aoyagi, a former professor at Meiji University law school, was sentenced to one year in prison with the sentence suspended for five years, a spokeswoman for the Tokyo District Court.

The justice ministry in September filed a criminal complaint against the 67-year-old for allegedly leaking questions he had helped write to a female student ahead of this year’s exam. Japan’s bar exam is notoriously competitive and has an extremely low pass rate as authorities seek to strictly control the number of attorneys.

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