Rumour: GEOS Late in Paying Salaries

Novawhiz noticed an update to the GEOS Wikipedia page that was quickly removed:

Japan: 

A Terrible Triangle

The latest development in the dirty undertaking of dispatch teaching:

A labor union of foreign workers requested Monday that the Aichi prefectural board of education address the concerns of English-language instructors at public schools who they say are working under illegal contracts.

Much Ado About Nothing

A quick blurb in the newspaper, the Mainichi reports that the three men arrested on suspicion of confining Sahashi in his hotel room have been released.

Apparently the police don't have much of a case on them. At any rate, the thugs caught with Sahashi are probably thinking, "Mission accomplished." They delivered their message.

Mainichi article

The Coming Spring Shock

The Japan Times ran a couple of articles last week on the coming changes in health insurance for foreigners in Japan.

As you are probably already aware, starting next April, you will have to show proof of enrollment in shakai hoken (SH) or kokumin kenko hoken (KKH) when you apply to renew your visa. Jenny Uechi reminds us of the law:

Sahashi Confined by Gangsters?

According to the Yomiuri shimbun, Nozomu Sahsahi, NOVA's disgraced and convicted ex-president, was confined in his hotel room for three days by gangsters. The police have arrested two men, one who is a member of the Yamaguchi-gumi syndicate, in connection with the incident.

Eikaiwa: 

In Search of Answers

Old news is fun! The Japan Times reports on Yano Research's survey on the foreign language learning market in Japan, which I wrote about this at the beginning of August and touched on again earlier this month. The only difference with today's article is that the JT spoke with somebody at GEOS.

Nature at Work

Remember back in June when when some flights in and out of Japan were delayed or re-routed due to a volcano erupting in the Kuril Islands?

That was the eruption of Sarychev Peak on Matua Island. You may have seen a picture of it, such as this one from Live Science:

Sahashi Appeals His Case

No surprise here. Sahashi officially filed an appeal of his three and a half year sentence for embezzlement with the Osaka District Court on Wednesday. Typical of his defiance during his trial and ever since he was ousted from NOVA, Sahashi asserted once again that he had acted to prevent NOVA from going bankrupt.

Asahi shimbun

NOVA・猿橋元社長側が控訴

2009年9月3日

The Changing Language Market

From J-Cast we learn some more about the state of eikaiwa and the foreign language market in Japan. I've highlighted Yano Research surveys that illustrate the continuing contraction of the market before, and J-CAST touches on this research to show how the market is changing. Here's a summary of the article.

More on Judgment Day

Here's some video to show you what I'm talking about when I wrote about Fuji TV using The Terminator as their election theme this year:

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