Yeah, it's not rare to find someone who spent the last 5 to 10 years studying for the bar exam. As you can imagine, an attorney is an extremely lucrative and distinguished profession in Japan.
According to Waseda University in Japan, the bar exam is supposed to be made "easier" in the upcoming years.... " in 2010, 3,000 people should pass the new Exam annually."
So maybe the bar pass rate will rise to, say, 5% ??