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Historically, Japan has succeeded in combining a high level of education with small disparities in educational attainment among its population. A rapid rise in the educational attainment has also contributed to faster economic growth. However, questions have emerged in recent years regarding: the lack of diversity of the education system; its limited responsiveness to rapidly changing labour market demands; and a declining level of basic education, as suggested by recent international test results (OECD, 2006b).

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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