It's raining, It's pouring
Meet Kazuya Yamazaki.
A 13-year-old boy passed the weather forecaster certificate exam, it was announced Friday.
At 13 years and 7 months, Kazuya Yamazaki, of Yokohama, is the youngest candidate to ever pass the test, which has been held 31 times since 1994.
Yamazaki, a first-year student at Eiko Gakuen Middle School in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, has been interested in meteorology since he was a small child, and first sat the exam as a fifth-grader in primary school.
The most recent exam was his fourth try. This round saw 272 out of 4,329 candidates pass the test--a pass rate of 6.3 percent.
Yamazaki spent about a month preparing for the latest exam, dedicating about an hour a day to studying. "I'm surprised I passed. I wasn't sure I would. It hasn't really sunk in yet, but I'm happy," Yamazaki said.
The previous record for the youngest successful exam-taker was a boy aged 14 years and 1 month in his second year of middle school in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.
I wish the young man good luck in his future job. Will he come to South Florida and replace the local weather guessers who think a puddle in Port St. Lucie is breaking news?