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Low proficiency EF EPI score 52.34 #9/20 in Asia
#37 of 80 Countries
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Summary

  • $42,310.00
    World Bank, 2009-2013

    Gross national income (GNI) per capita is based on purchasing power parity, converted into international dollars. One international dollar has the same purchasing power as one U.S. dollar in the U.S. The EF EPI countries' 2013 global average was 27,845 USD, ranging from 2,890 USD (Cambodia) to 128,530 USD (Qatar).

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  • 93.3%
    World Bank, 2013

    Internet penetration signifies the percentage of people in a country with access to the Internet. EF EPI countries' 2014 global average was 56.8%, with the range of 6.0% (Cambodia) to 95.1% (Norway).

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  • 9.3%
    Worldbank, 2006-2013

    This World Bank statistic refers to the percentage of total government expenditure dedicated to education. The global average for EF EPI countries from 2010 to 2013 was 14.0%, with the range being 7.3% (Azerbaijan) to 31.3% (Thailand).

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  • 12.50
    UN Human Development Reports, 2013

    Mean years of schooling is the “average number of years of education received by people aged 25 and older, converted from education attainment levels using the official duration of each level.” The EF EPI countries' 2013 global mean was 9.2 years, with the range of 2.5 (Yemen) to 12.9 (Germany).

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  • 126,702,133
    CIA World Factbook, 2014

    The populations of EF EPI countries range from 520,672 people (Luxembourg) to 1.36 billion (China). These 2014 statistics come from the CIA World Factbook.

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  • Japan
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Proficiency trend

2011
#14 / 44 Moderate
2012
#22 / 54 Moderate
2013
#26 / 60 Moderate
2014
#26 / 63 Moderate
2015
#30 / 70 Moderate
2016
#35 / 72 Low
2017
#37 / 80 Low

Proficiency by region and city

    • Kanto
      53.14
    • Chubu
      52.78
    • Kansai
      52.10
    • Hokkaido
      50.39
    • Chugoku
      49.88
    • Kyushu
      49.44
    • Tokyo
      53.44
    • Yokohama
      52.86
    • Nagoya
      52.39
    • Kyoto
      52.36
    • Kobe
      52.19
    • Osaka
      51.67
    • Sapporo
      50.82
    • Fukuoka
      49.61

English by gender

Focus: English learning initiatives in Japan

Top Global University Project

Created by the Japanese government, the Top Global University Project directs public funds to more than 30 universities to help internationalize their programs. A portion of the funds are set aside to allow universities to increase the number of English courses and hire foreign professors. The program aims to increase the number of Japanese universities ranking near the top of international league tables. As of 2016, only the University of Tokyo (#39) and Kyoto University (#91) ranked within the top 100 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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