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Students' English Abilities in Japan by Prefecture, 2015

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology researches students' English abilities every year. According to it, the academic achievement varies in the prefectures. For instance, 52.1% of junior high school students in Chiba prefecture reach the level of STEP (Society for Testing English Proficiency) 3rd grade, on the other hand, only 25.8% of Kochi students reach the STEP 3rd grade. The STEP 3rd grade is approximately equal to TOEFL iBT 30.

The data below show the percentage of the junior high students whose English abilities reach STEP 3rd grade by prefecture, 2015.

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Prefecture %
Chiba 52.1
Akita 48.6
Tokyo 47.9
Ishikawa 47.8
Fukui 42.7
Kanagawa 41.9
Saitama 41.6
Tottori 40.7
Gunma 40.4
Kyoto 40.4
Wakayama 39.9
Ibaraki 39.8
Hiroshima 39.5
Tokushima 39.1
Toyama 38.4
Miyazaki 37.7
Shiga 36.8
Average 36.6
Kagoshima 36.3
Ehime 36.2
Aomori 35.5
Miyagi 35.4
Tochigi 35.3
Okayama 35.0
Gifu 34.3
Nara 34.1
Shizuoka 33.9
Oita 33.9
Nagano 33.7
Hyogo 33.7
Iwate 32.8
Nagasaki 32.7
Saga 32.4
Fukushima 32.0
Kagawa 31.9
Aichi 31.6
Fukuoka 31.5
Mie 31.4
Niigata 30.5
Yamanashi 30.4
Yamagata 29.4
Okinawa 29.2
Osaka 28.9
Yamaguchi 28.7
Hokkaido 28.1
Shimane 27.7
Kumamoto 26.9
Kochi 25.8

The next data show the percentage of the senior high students whose English abilities reach STEP semi-2nd grade by prefecture, 2015. The STEP semi-2nd grade is approximately equal to TOEFL iBT 48.

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Prefecture %
Gunma 49.4
Chiba 45.5
Fukui 42.5
Hyogo 41.5
Ishikawa 40.5
Tochigi 39.6
Miyazaki 39.0
Oita 38.9
Fukuoka 38.8
Toyama 38.4
Yamagata 38.1
Shizuoka 38.0
Gifu 37.8
Saitama 35.9
Tokyo 35.9
Aomori 35.8
Okayama 35.6
Tokushima 35.5
Akita 35.4
Tottori 35.0
Hiroshima 34.8
Nagasaki 34.5
Iwate 34.4
Nagano 34.4
Average 34.3
Niigata 34.2
Ehime 34.0
Kyoto 32.1
Shiga 31.9
Shimane 31.7
Yamaguchi 31.4
Aichi 31.2
Saga 31.0
Mie 30.4
Kagawa 30.4
Nara 30.1
Kumamoto 30.1
Miyagi 29.9
Yamanashi 29.4
Hokkaido 29.1
Kagoshima 28.0
Kanagawa 27.8
Ibaraki 27.2
Osaka 27.0
Kochi 25.5
Fukushima 24.6
Wakayama 22.5
Okinawa 21.8

Source is Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. 英語教育実施状況調査

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English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.