The organization’s latest annual report showed that Japan had the lowest percentage of women studying science among the 36 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2019.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development noted that there is a large gender gap in Japan in the fields known collectively as science, technology, engineering and mathematics and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and said the country needs to inspire women to pursue these studies.
The photo was taken on November 1, 2018, and shows the laboratory of a Nobel Prize-winning researcher in Kyoto, western Japan. (Kyodo)
In science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in Japan, women in science, math, and statistics made up 27% of tertiary education, well below the OECD average of 52%, according to its Education at a Glance 2021 report.
A report released in mid-September looked at the proportion of women in higher education in 2019, and Japan reported its proportion on taxes in 2018, which ended in March 2019.
Most are registered in Slovakia with 65%, followed by Poland with 63%. The Czech Republic and Lithuania accounted for 60%.
Japan was largely defeated only by the lowest Belgium, at 40 percent.
In Japan’s technology, manufacturing and construction, the proportion of women was only 16%, while the OECD average was 26%. The highest percentage was 39% in Iceland, 36% in Poland, and 33% in Greece.
Japan ranked lowest among the 37 similar countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in terms of the amount of national wealth spent on educational institutions in 2018.
Public spending for primary schools and tertiary institutions was 2.8% of GDP in Japan and Ireland, compared to the OECD average of 4.1%.
Norway pledged an increase of 6.4 percent. Costa Rica and Iceland remained close, consuming 6.2 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively. Among other countries, France used 4.5 percent, the United States 4.1 percent, and the United Kingdom 3.9 percent.
Between 2012 and 2018, public and total spending on primary and tertiary education grew at a slower rate than GDP on average in all OECD countries except Chile, Hungary and Iceland.
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