Education


  • 27-July-2018

    English

    Education Policy in Japan - Building Bridges towards 2030

    Japan’s education system is one of the top performers compared to other OECD countries. International assessments have not only demonstrated students' and adults' high level of achievement, but also the fact that socio-economic status has little bearing on academic results. In a nutshell, Japan combines excellence with equity.

    This high performance is based on the priority Japan places on education and on its holistic model of education, which is delivered by highly qualified teachers and supported by the external collaboration of communities and parents. But significant economic, socio-demographic and educational challenges, such as child well-being, teacher workload and the high stakes university exam, question the sustainability of this successful model.

    Policy makers in Japan are not complacent, and as Japan starts implementing its Third Basic Plan for the Promotion of Education (2018-22), they are carefully analysing tomorrow’s threats to Japan’s current success.

    This report aims to highlight the many strengths of Japan’s education system, as well as the challenges it must address to carry out reforms effectively and preserve its holistic model of education. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the education system delivers the best for all students, and that Japanese learners have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they need for the 21st century.
  • 9-September-2014

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    Education at a Glance 2014: Japan (English)

    The proportion of tertiary-educated adults in Japan increased from 34% to 47% between 2000 and 2012 and is now the third largest proportion among OECD countries

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  • 9-September-2014

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    Education at a Glance 2014: Japan (Japanese)

    The proportion of tertiary-educated adults in Japan increased from 34% to 47% between 2000 and 2012 and is now the third largest proportion among OECD countries

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  • 2-September-2014

    English

    Tohoku Cherry Tree Planting Ceremony

    Through the Tohoku School Project, the students have developed their capacities for innovation, leadership, and co-operation. They learned how to get the information they need when there isn’t a readymade answer in their textbook or a teacher to guide them. In other words, they learned how to learn – perhaps the most valuable lesson of all! said OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 1-April-2014

    English, PDF, 401kb

    PISA 2012 problem-solving results - Japan

    Note summarising the performance of 15-year-olds in Japan in the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving.

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  • 4-October-2012

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    Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care - Japan

    ECEC is a topic of increased policy interest in Japan where improving quality in the ECEC sector is a subject of growing importance. The OECD has identified five effective policy levers to encourage quality in the sector.

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  • 7-September-2012

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    Education at a Glance 2012: Country Notes - Japan

    Although the salaries of experienced teachers in Japan are high relative to other OECD countries, their starting salaries are lower and working hours are longer. Moreover, different from the trend across OECD countries, teachers’ salaries have been declining since 2000 in real terms.

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  • 24-April-2012

    English

    The OECD skills strategy and its relevance for Japan

    Without adequate investment in skills, people languish on the margins of society, technological progress does not translate into inclusive economic growth, and countries can no longer compete in an increasingly knowledge-based global society, said OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 28-juin-2011

    Français

    Éducation : La Corée sort première de la nouvelle enquête PISA de l’OCDE sur la culture numérique

    La Corée occupe la première place du classement de la nouvelle enquête PISA de l’OCDE qui évalue la façon dont les jeunes de 15 ans utilisent les ordinateurs et Internet pour apprendre. Viennent ensuite la Nouvelle-Zélande, l’Australie, le Japon, Hong-Kong – Chine et l’Islande.

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  • 5-March-2009

    English

    Japan must continue reforms in tertiary education, says OECD

    In recent years, Japan has made significant progress in modernising its tertiary education system but reforms of the system must continue to respond to current social and economic pressures in Japan.

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