Japan high school English proficiency falls short of gov't targets
While the education ministry said the survey shows student English proficiency has improved overall, the results varied greatly among Japan's 47 prefectures, prompting the ministry to call for sharing successful practices to improve English education and narrow disparities.
By municipality, Fukui Prefecture cleared the target for junior high school students with the highest ratio of 62.8 percent, followed by the city of Saitama at 58.9 percent and the city of Yokohama at 54.0 percent.
Fukuoka, Osaka, Tokyo, Kumamoto and Ishikawa prefectures achieved the goal as well.
Fukui also fulfilled the target for senior high school students with 52.4 percent, while all the other 46 prefectures failed to meet the goal.