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Japan bucks global trend toward highly-educated societies

China and South Korea experience surge in people receiving doctoral degrees

Possession of a master's degree or doctorate is the basic requirement for employment as an engineer in cutting-edge fields at Google and other big information technology groups in the US.

TOKYO -- The world is entering an era of the "academic career-based society", with the requirement for advanced knowledge and skills in the management and digital fields fueling demand for master's and doctor's degrees.

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