Japanese test-takers ranked 40th of 48 countries in 2013 on their average score on the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), organized by Educational Testing Service, a private, nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization.
Japan scored an average of 512 points out of a possible 990, placing it between Mexico with 535, and Thailand with 493.
So does this matter?
The answer is yes and no. Mostly no.
And that is because of the Tip of the Spear or the Tip of the Sword Theory.