Which prefectures produce the best kids?
On April 2 the Kyoritsu Research Institute announced their findings of where the ‘best’ kids in the country are brought up, based on an analysis of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)’s 2013 ‘National Aptitude Test and Education Survey’.
These findings are based on the National Aptitude Tests which are taken annually by the eldest year groups of elementary and middle schools nationwide. The last analysis of the results by the KRI was in 2010 and there have been a few changes to the rankings over the past three years.
Overall consensus put Akita Prefecture in first place, stealing it from Miyazaki who was pushed down to second place, and Yamanashi remained the same in third.
Akita Prefecture came top of the tests, taking first place in six out of a total of 11 subjects. Out of 46 survey questions it came in at number one for 20 of them. Most notably the prefecture scored the highest in all items under ‘communication ability’ and ‘personal experience’.
If we take a look at the breakdown of some of the categories, the Tohoku, Northern Kantō, Kansai, Kōshin’etsu, Hokuriku and Chūgoku regions came top in ‘lifestyle habits’, while Northern Kantō, Southern Chūgoku, Shikoku, and Southern Kyushu tended to do well in ‘determination and character’. (Northern Kantō’s showing off a bit there by being in both!)
And here’s an honorable mention for those at the bottom, who would probably rather their positions were kept quiet; Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost area, just escaped last place in number 46, while the bottom prize went to Osaka in 47th place.
Here are the top 10 areas in Japan for, according to the survey, bringing up intelligent, well-rounded children:
1 Akita Prefecture 65.8
2 Miyazaki Prefecture 63.3
3 Yamanashi Prefecture 57.0
4 Saitama Prefecture 56.4
4 Hiroshima Prefecture 56.4
6 Tochigi Prefecture 56.2
7 Fukui Prefecture 54.8
8 Okayama Prefecture 54.0
9 Toyama Prefecture 53.8
9 Yamaguchi Prefecture 53.8
▼ Akita (top) and Miyazaki (bottom) are highlighted in red. As you can see, the more and less successful areas seem to be distributed fairly evenly around the country.
▼ The full Japanese rankings from KRI for 2013, 2010, and 2007.