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August 28, 2009

Japanese high school students win record 12 gold medals in international science olympiads

cartoon-scientist.jpgThe Japanese education system is certainly getting something right. All 23 Japanese participants at the International Science Olympiads won medals, and 12 won gold medals. In mathematics, five of the Japanese participants won gold medals and one had a perfect score. Overall, Japan was second to China in the number of medals achieved.

The Asahi Shimbun reported: 'Lately, top-ranked nations, territories and regions include China, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and Russia. China has made participation a national priority. Students chosen to represent China are given many perks. Nearly every Chinese student brings home a gold medal. Japan is a latecomer among advanced nations. It first participated in the Mathematics Olympiad of 1990, followed by Biology in 2005 and Physics in 2006. Until then, Japanese education authorities worried that Japanese students could not compete with their overseas peers because of the low level of science education here.'

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