In Japan, the more parents earn, the higher their children’s academic test scores, a new survey has revealed. Commissioned by the Education, Science and Technology Ministry, the survey results released last month show a clear link between parental income and test results.

This basic inequality goes to the heart of what should be a democratizing educational system. However, the survey also showed that income is not always destiny.

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