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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

経営破綻(はたん)した英会話学校「NOVA」(大阪市)の社員らの積立金3億2千万円を受講生への返還金に流用したとして、業務上横領の罪に問われた元社長猿橋望(さはし・のぞむ)被告(57)の弁護人が2日、懲役3年6カ月とした大阪地裁判決を不服として控訴した。猿橋元社長は「会社の倒産を防ぐためだった」と無罪を主張していた。

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"Sahashi asserted once again that [Sahashi] had acted to prevent NOVA from going bankrupt"

It'd be easier to swallow that line if the hopeless old crook had contributed to keep Nova afloat from his own well lined pockets, and not the staff fund. Hope his appeal fails and they slam extra time onto his sentence, for his bare faced cheek.

If Monkey Bridge finally goes to jail maybe he will come to understand how his teachers felt working at his sweatshop eikaiwas.

Re: "If Monkey Bridge finally goes to jail maybe he will come to understand how his teachers felt working at his sweatshop eikawas."
This comment is ridiculous. Teaching eight 40-minute lessons with ten or fifteen minutes in between is not hard work, and we were paid very well for doing it. Unlike jail, Nova teachers could leave at any time. I always thought it was funny that the real cry-babies stuck around as long as they did.
What's not funny is that I've wasted a few minutes of my time to respond to this nonsense.

I get sick and tired of the whining about Eikaiwa. It’s a job. It’s a well paid job, in a fascinating country. Why not just enjoy Japan, and instead of blaming the frustration of cultural and language barriers on your employer, get proactive, and enjoy Japan to the fullest? Study, socialize, travel, or whatever, anything, other than blame eikaiwa, which gives you the privilege of living in Japan, and puts the food that you eat, into your whining, complaining, never happy mouths? I have never witnessed such ingratitude. I thank eikaiwa, everyday I live here, and make the most out of everyday, doing the best for myself, and for my students. 3 months ago, I was just a university student, wondering what to do. Now, I live in Japan, am addressed with the honorific title of SENSEI, and love the responsibility that has been bestowed upon me. You would all do well to remember, that this is JAPAN, with a very different work ethic, and a very different work culture. Compared with most Japanese, you have it very easy. Stop the whining, and enjoy his marvellous country and what is has to offer, while you can. Respect. It all boils down to respect. I respect my employer, G COMM NOVA, and no matter what anyone says, will do my utmost by them, in gratitude for the opportunity to live and work in Japan that they have given me. Thank you G COMM. Thank you Eikaiwa. Wishing you all the best. Pete. PS: I just love Japan!

I actually believed you were for real until I read this part:

I respect my employer, G COMM NOVA, and no matter what anyone says, will do my utmost by them, in gratitude for the opportunity to live and work in Japan that they have given me. Thank you G COMM.

Nice one, Pete! As if anyone actually thinks Eikaiwa Salary (250K) is well paid! LOL

I bet you were a titled teacher. And think of all the moments you have saved up when you arranged the schedule so that you could sit and drink coffee while the instructors did all the work.

Mon, 09/14/2009 - 05:15 — thewalrus (not verified)
Re: "If Monkey Bridge finally
Re: "If Monkey Bridge finally goes to jail maybe he will come to understand how his teachers felt working at his sweatshop eikawas."
This comment is ridiculous. Teaching eight 40-minute lessons with ten or fifteen minutes in between is not hard work, and we were paid very well for doing it. Unlike jail, Nova teachers could leave at any time. I always thought it was funny that the real cry-babies stuck around as long as they did.
What's not funny is that I've wasted a few minutes of my time to respond to this nonsense.

I bet you were a titled teacher. And think of all the moments you have saved up when you arranged the schedule so that you could sit and drink coffee while the instructors did all the work.

"All the work"? You poor thing. It must have been soooo difficult for you.

Does fine by me, with the buck so weak now, and property so cheap back home. There is a whole group of us who will have saved enough for our house deposits by years end, and there are plenty of long-termers here who have several properties, run two cars, have kids in private school, and continue to enjoy the Nova spoils. I don't care what you say, because with all the problems back home, I am very content with my safe and secure job at Nova, and I gotta tell ya, just lapping up Japan meantime. It's a job, it's a secure and well paid job, at a time when any job is hard to find, and hey, throw the exciting atmosphere of Japan in to the mix, and yep, this is the place to be. I see plenty of success stories at Nova, plenty of them. I am loving being part of it.

Hey Petey,

When I read your first post, I was kind of skeptical. I wasn't sure if you were actually a complete moron or if you were just trying to stir things up. After your second post, it's apparent that your just a rabble rouser. Nobody is that stupid.

I'm sorry, but does anyone else think that 3 1/2 years is incredibly LOW considering the damage that Sahashi created with his embezzlement? Thousands of teachers were without jobs, and, of those thousands, only some were able to find jobs during the lull, and only a few were welcomed back into the G-COMM fold. I know people who had arrived in Japan via NOVA only a couple of weeks before the collapse, and subsequently had to return home because they suddenly were without job, experience or cash to speak of. The fact that he's gotten less than a decade is shocking to the point of insulting, but his attempt to appeal the decision really just makes me sick. The man was a monster.

The embezzlement itself is only a small part of the destruction caused by Nova, and it certainly didn't cause Nova's collapse. You also need to separate your hatred for the man from the crime itself. For embezzlement, 3.5 years is probably a just sentence. Sahashi is also entitled to appeal the decision. Learn to live with it. Don't forget that there are 2 more lawsuits against him in the pipeline, so even if he dodges the embezzelment rap, he'll still be in court for a long time.

Shawn
Let's Japan.org::Blog

In the UK, if your appeal fails, according to the judge's discretion, your sentence can be increased. Is it the same, in Japan?

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