The last I checked, April 1st is still a few months away, but that's the question the Yomiuri shimbun asks in a brief article about G.communication's attempt at running a university.
According to the article, G.communication, through its largest shareholder, Inayoshi Capital Partners (ICP), is putting the final touches on plans to take over a private university in the Tokai region and may also involve changing its name to the University of Nova. The Yomiuri doesn't name the university, but I wonder if it isn't Aichi Gakuin University. Back in 2008, Nova opened a school on its campus.
While the Yomiuri calls the takeover of a university by an eikaiwa "extremely unusual" I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's unheard of. According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, in order for a business to take over a university, it would have to fund the founding institution behind the university and then either send directors to the university's board or create a new education institution.
Why do this when the Nova brand is associated with fraud and a spectacular bankruptcy? The Yomiuri ends by noting that ICP, headed by Masaki Inayoshi, is thinking of creating such a new institution to facilitate the handover. Inayoshi would, of course, be in charge of this institution along with ICP and G.communication.
Does he really think he can run a university or is he doing this so he can say that G.communication is about higher education? If the University of Nova becomes a reality, would anyone want to study there? Would a degree from it be worth anything? I'm inclined to say, "No," but put me down for a University of Nova sweatshirt just for the sheer novelty of it.