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Countries with the highest college graduation rates

- Leigh Montgomery and Stacie WilliamsStaff researchers

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4. Japan, 53.7 percent

In Japan, only half of people qualified to pursue a college education manage to do so. The availability of fulfilling jobs that don’t require a college education is one factor in this trend.

At left, students attend their graduation ceremony at the National Defense Academy in Yokosuka, Japan on in 2009.

Source: Global Education Digest.