Japan is the worlds second
largest economy after the United States. Japan also has one of the worlds
highest living standards. Japans per capita GDP rose from 21 percent
of the U.S. level in 1955 to 56 percent in 1970. By 1992 per capita GDP
had reached $19,920, 86 percent of the U.S. level. Despite the overall
strength of the Japanese economy, in the late 1990s Japan was mired in
its longest recession since World War II. GDP, which had grown slowly
in the early 1990s, fell 0.4 percent in 1997 and another 2.8 percent in
1998. This was the first time in the postwar era that Japans GDP
declined two years in a row.
Education in Japan
With an adult literacy rate exceeding 99 percent, Japan ranks among the
top nations in the world in educational attainment. Schooling generally
begins before grade one in preschool (yochien) and is free and compulsory
for elementary and junior high school (grades 1 through 9). More than
99 percent of elementary school-aged children attend school. Most students
who finish junior high school continue on to senior high school (grades
10 through 12). Approximately one-third of senior high school graduates
then continue on for higher education. Most high schools and universities
admit students on the basis of difficult entrance examinations. Competition
to get into the best high schools and universities is fierce because Japans
most prestigious jobs typically go to graduates of elite universities.
International Schools in Japan
This is the online directory with the main schools in Japan that offer
an Education in English. The programmes vary from the
International Baccalaureate (I.B.) programme, which includes PYP,
MYP and Diploma to the British GCSE and GCE examination systems. All schools
are required to satisfy the requirements of the Japanese national system.
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