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September 16, 2004

Japan Has Too Few Female College Graduates

The ratio of women among those who completed higher education in Japan was the lowest in the 30-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2003, according to the organization's survey released Tuesday.

The ratio of women among those who obtained bachelor's degrees was 39% against the OECD's average of 55%. Master's degree holders stood at 26%, compared with the average 51%. That of doctorate degree holders came to 23% against the average 40%, said the survey, which was conducted in 2003. All of the three figures are the lowest among the 30-member group of nations.

The survey also showed Japan had fewer foreign students at universities compared with other OECD members, with the ratio of foreign students at Japan's higher education institutions standing at 1.9%, lower than the OECD's average 5.7%, the report said. Meanwhile, the ratio of Japan's public spending on education to gross domestic product came to 3.5% compared with the OECD's average of 5%. (Kyodo)

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