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JIOSU: A Website for Teachers, Students, and Staff

Novawhiz in the forums finds a website called jiosu.com:

ジオス.com A website for GEOS student, GEOS staff and GEOS teacher support.

ジオス.com (jiosu.com) aims to provide information, links and support for GEOS students, staff and teachers by providing an online forum where you can discuss the latest GEOS related information and events.

The Japan Times on the end of GEOS

The Japan Times ran a curious post mortem on GEOS. After reading it, I'm left with the sense that everybody is disappointed the company didn't implode like Nova. If you've been following the bankruptcy, the articles doesn't add a lot of new information. It's a fairly long read, so let's look at it.

I agree with Ken Worsely's assessment of the factors in GEOS's end:

G.com to Keep the GEOS Brand

When G.communication scooped up GEOS I wondered how much blood they could squeeze from the GEOS stone. Apparently, they think quite a bit. It seems G.communication has gone on a media blitz this week with President Hideo Sugimoto giving interviews in the Yomiuri shiumbun, Mainichi shimbun, Sankei shimbun, and The Japan Times. The purpose of this interview was to stress that everything is under control and it's business as usual:

GEOS FAQ

In response to its customers not getting enough information about their lessons in the aftermath of GEOS' bankruptcy, GEOS has posted a brief FAQ [PDF] dated April 24 in an attempt to explain things. Here's a quick summary.

METI to G.communication: Pick up the Phone

For a company that sells English lessons under the pretense that it will allow you to communicate with the world, G.communication has been very poor at communicating with its staff and customers. The Asahi shimbun reported yesterday that although g.communications set up a toll-free number for students to call, people are finding that it's almost impossible to get through.

G.Communication Fails to Report Income

The Yomiuri shimbun and other news agencies are reporting that president of G.communication, Masaki Inayoshi, has failed to report ¥500 million (about $5.2 million USD) in income. The unreported income comes from him selling 230 shares in G.communication in 2007. Inayoshi reported the sales of some shares in 2006, which led the National Tax Agency to believe that his failure to report the income this time was intentional.

Free Coffee and Foreigners After Five

In the forums, Inflames provides a link to a G.communication PDF. It seems that they have decided to rent out space at its Yaesu school. There's nothing unusual about this as businesses look for ways to generate revenue during the economic collapse. I've heard about parts manufacturers making confectioneries to help make ends meet. Still, it suggests that business isn't very good at the Yaesu school.

G.communication in the Black

As a postscript to Sahashi's trial, I noticed this short blurb in the news:

「うさぎ」CMも再開 「NOVA」再拡大目指す

ワンマン社長と呼ばれた猿橋望被告(57)の手で国内最大手に成長したNOVAの経営破綻(はたん)から1年半。行き場を失った受講生の救済や外国人講師の雇用など、課題山積の事業を引き継いだジー・コミュニケーション(名古屋市)は、約半年で黒字化を達成。今年3月には、かつて人気を集めたマスコット「NOVAうさぎ」のテレビCMも再開した。

経営破綻後には、サウナや茶室付きの「豪華すぎる」社長室が公開され、企業のイメージは大きく傷ついた。社長室の机に飾られていた「NOVAうさぎ」のぬいぐるみが繰り返し報じられたこともあり、CMは長く封印された。

Working for the New NOVA

The blog Tofugu has an interview with a current neo-NOVA employee. There's not a lot you haven't heard before, but it's still worth a read for its summary of the aftermath of NOVA's collapse and the perspective on what it's like working for NOVA now.

If you're thinking about working in Japan, the word on NOVA is simple: Don't bother working for them.

Truth in Advertising

RandyDickson in the forums has this observation about G.communication:

BEFORE:

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