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The Unraveling Begins

Here we go. With Sahashi arrested and being questioned, the details behind NOVA's meltdown are starting to trickle out.

Eikaiwa: 
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Sahashi Taken into Custody

Eight months after the collapse of NOVA, Sahashi was finally taken into custody this morning by the police for "voluntary" questioning over his alleged embezzlement of an employee's fund. The police are expected to arrest him.

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The Walls Close in on Sahashi

The Yomiuri reported earlier this month about allegations of Sahashi using an employee's fund for his own purposes. It looks like the police have enough evidence to launch a criminal investigation into the embezzlement of those funds. Here's the story from the Asahi Shimbun:

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G.com/G.edu: We're Sorry, Please Come Back

The General Union has posted details of an agreement between G.communication/G.education on their website. As you are aware, ever since NOVA went bankrupt, the General Union has been busy trying to get G.communication to rehire all of the instructors that were fired when G.com took over. It appears that they have succeeded.

Eikaiwa: 

How NOVA Lost in the Courts

The Nikkei published an interesting article last week [free registration required] on the legal battle leading up to the Supreme Court decision that helped push NOVA into oblivion. I had no idea that one man took on NOVA and changed things.

Eikaiwa: 

Sahashi Stole From Employees' Fund

The Yomiuri Shimbun has a story on how former Nova president Nozomu Sahashi as stealing from his employees.

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The State of the Disaster

Nova's trustees have released a report [PDF] on the state of Nova's assets that gives us a look into the scale of the meltdown. The report is in English and is pretty mundane. There are a few nuggets that caught my eye, however.

Eikaiwa: 

G.com Getting Ready for the Stock Market

I have no way of substantiating this, but it seems that G.communication may be getting ready to float the company on the stock market.

Eikaiwa: 

On Suing G.Education

I just noticed this in comments and thought it might be worth a closer look.

A reader has posted a guide on how to sue G.education.

Who's feeling vengeful?

Eikaiwa: 

Student Frustration Ready to Boil Over

From Gendai net comes a story about...wait for it...students having trouble booking lessons! It's deja vu all over again. (I'm sure I've used that cliche already. Is there an echo in here?)

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