New record for female prosecutors

Seventy-five public prosecutors, of whom almost 30 percent are female, were appointed Monday after completing 18-month legal apprenticeships, according to the Justice Ministry.

A record high of 22 women were appointed as prosecutors this year, with the average age of new prosecutors at 26.6, the oldest 32, and youngest 23, according to the ministry’s personnel section.

The University of Tokyo topped the list of graduates with 16 appointees, followed by Waseda University and Chuo University with 11 each, the section said.

The number of prosecutorial appointees peaked in 1995 at 86, with the average fluctuating between 69 and 76 since then.