Wall Street Journal Graphic for Friday, August 6, 2010 illustrating that while most Japanese high schoolers graduate with 6 years of English study, few are comfortable holding conversations in English. Here is the WSJ graph illustrating Japanese TOFEL scores measured against nationals other countries. http://bit.ly/aGiiiz
It is interesting to see the difference between the Japanese scores and those of the neighboring countries of China and South Korea which are better. While this chart does not show it, I know that the TOFEL scores of North Koreans for tests taken on the internet are also higher than the Japanese.