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Teachers Still Out of Work and Students Not Returning

If you've been following the developments of neo-Nova since its collapse, then The Japan Times story about Nova instructors and staff who are still out of a job six months after G.communication took over is old news.

G.communication's craptacular rebirth of Nova continues.


The List of 20,000

Apparently, G.communications has an "ace" up its sleeve. After posting the article about G.communication's plan for success, the Asahi ran ran a similar story a few days later but with a slight difference in the details.

Eikaiwa: Back in the Black?

A story in the Fuji Sankei Business i says that G.communication has turned things around and will be back in the black in May.


Nova:'s Sucking Chest Wound

The writing is on the wall. G.communication's attempts at reviving Nova's corpse have been an unmitigated disaster. The Yukan Fuji writes that Nova is turning out to be a sucking chest wound that threatens to take down the entire G.communication group. As the article points out, G.communication has lost at least ¥1.7 billion since taking over Nova. Here's a translation of the article.


METI's Complicity

The Mainichi Shimbun has an article looking back on METI's role in Nova's failure. Here's a translation of the article.


March Madness: Making the Old Nova Look Good

So far, it appears that g.communication has botched the rebirth of Nova. No matter how much lipstick they try and put on it, neo-Nova still looks like a pig. I did a little digging in the forums and came up with a few choice nuggets from ex_sensei that illustrate how bad things are going for The picture he paints makes the old Nova look good by comparison.


General Union Demonstrates in Front of G.communication

The union was at it again today, hounding g.communication over its refusal to rehire former Nova employees.


Yano Research Institute Survey on the Impact of the Collapse of Nova

After a look at the declining fortunes of the foreign language market, the Yano Research Institute has published a the results of its survey [PDF in Japanese] on the impact Nova's failure had on the foreign language sector in Japan.


Communication Breakdown

In comments in the Nova Instructors Finally Paid blog, a few instructors have noticed that their backpay forms have been sent to the wrong address even after they had sent faxes to the trustees' office. An instructor emailed me to say:



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