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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.

Eikaiwa:'s Interpretation of its Promise

Browsing the Nova/ website, I came across a press release dated February 18 [PDF in Japanese] in response to the accusation that had reneged on its promise to hire all former Nova staff and instructors.

General Union Still At It

The General Union is still nipping at's heels over the raw deal instructors were given when they were effectively fired by not having their contracts renewed. UPDATED 03/18

G.Education Threatens Instructors

Towards the end of January, the contents of a fax from g.communication was posted in the forums stating that instructors who were absent from work stood to lose their jobs.


Food for Lessons

Some Nova teachers threw away what dignity they had and started panhandling for lessons yesterday:

Information Session Overview

This overview was pulled directly from comments, and I am posting it here so that everyone can find it easily and comment on it.

Information Session Overview

Saturday, November 10th @ 10:00am

The primary speakers (apologies for spelling errors of names):

Information Sessions Saturday November 10

Just passing along some information from the forums about the information sessions to be held this weekend.

Collecting Unemployment Insurance

There are only two things that can save Nova now, neither of which appears likely: students inexplicably return to Nova in droves or an angel investor bails out or buys them. Given the uncertainty surrounding Nova's future, it's time to review how one goes about collecting unemployment insurance in the event that Nova goes bankrupt.

If you currently work for Nova, you have two choices: you can quit now, or you can wait for Nova to go bankrupt.


The good: If you quit now and manage to find another job, you're safe. You're free of Nova.

Setting the Bar Really Low

This is definitely a sign of Japan's impending doom.

Takeshi Yamashita does not look like a homeless person.

From his carefully distressed jeans to his casual-cool navy striped T-shirt, he is every bit the trendy Tokyoite.

Yet the 26-year-old has been sleeping in a reclining seat in an Internet cafe every night for the past month since he lost his steady office job and his apartment.



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