The emphasis on education in Japan means it has a highly educated adult population, with 46% of 25- to 64-year-olds in 2011 having attained a higher education, says the OECD’s Education at a Glance 2013. This proportion is much larger than the OECD average of 32% and is the third highest among OECD countries, after Canada and Israel.
And tertiary attainment rates among younger adults continue to climb: in 2011, 59% of Japan’s 25- to 34-year-olds had a tertiary education, an 11 percentage-point increase since 2000. This is the second highest proportion among OECD countries after Korea, while the OECD average was 39% and the proportion in the US was 43%. (...) - University World News, 06 July 2013 Issue No:279