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The ability of Japanese teens to comprehend information from digital equipment is above the global average, a survey has found.

That is despite spending less time online, the assessment, by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, showed Tuesday.

The Paris-based club of 34 wealthy nations analyzed how 15-year-olds in 31 nations use computers to learn, based on the results of the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment.

When the teens were asked if they could find certain information using digital instruments, Japan ranked fourth, scoring 545 points, beating the OECD average of 497. Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong ranked in the top three.

When asked how often they used digital equipment at school during group activities and similar pursuits, the survey showed Japan scored far below the OECD average.

On weekdays, Japanese 15-year-olds spend about 80 minutes a day on the Internet, far less than the international average of 130 minutes.

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