A result of large examination in adults performed by the OECD. Japan won the top rank of the both literacy and numeracy skill.
Daily Mainichi: Japan ranks top in the OECD survey of adult literacy, numeracy skills
The Japan Times: Japan adults tops in reading, math but slip in tech-related tasks: OECD
A total of 157,000 people aged between 16 and 65 participated in this survey. Although a result of examinations of children is sometimes argued, I seldom heard about a test for adults.
The Japanese seem to be extremely good at literacy and mathematics. It is not surprising. Almost all Japanese can read the letters and most of the Japanese take compulsory education. This kind of the exam reflects the average level of the population, rather than a few geniuses.
However, it is disappointing that the Japanese are relatively bad at the problem-solving skill using information technology. Japan marks the 10th in this category.
Actually, a part of middle aged people have not used the internet. They abandoned to challenge the exam. Japan is also behind to introduce IT to the education. It will be a disadvantage for Japanese to succeed in the business world.
A lot of countries pay attention to this result. There are many reports in each region.
MACLEAN'S: Canadian adults match global peers in reading, fall short in math: OECD test
BBC: England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
Finland scores well in "adult PISA" rankings
US Adults Below Average On Worldwide Test
CTV NEWS: Spain, Italy lack adult skills needed for economic recovery: study
Education is a basis of national production. At least in compulsory education, I am happy as a Japanese.