NOVA Corp is the Japan’s largest English conversation school chain. And for those who teach English in Japan and are employed by Nova I say… DOH! I read the news back in April of 2007 when Nova got busted for breaking the law (they refused to refund tuition fees to students who canceled their contracts.) And recently people have not been getting paid for their work. Today things have gotten worse and Nova has filed for protection from the courts. More and more people are starting to teach English online using Skype which is a good thing when major corporate disruptions like this happen.
I wonder what this means for current employees and their work visas. Not only that but if an employees income stops or is slowed it could mean trouble for their living expenses. Damn.
Check out the news from Yahoo
Nova Corp , the largest operator of English language schools in Japan, said on Friday that it has filed for court protection from creditors amid efforts to turn around its business.
Following the company’s announcement, the Jasdaq Securities Exchange said it would delist Nova’s shares on Nov. 27.
Nova, which operates over 900 schools in Japan, posted net losses for the past two business years and said it held a total 43.9 billion yen in debt as of July.
Sometimes I think things in Japan start normal or a bit boring. To remedy this feeling I just wait about a week and something cool, exciting, or different comes up in the news or down the street. Right now super protein packed slime is be slathered all over somebody’s face by slow crawling critters. It could be happening right now! As you read this! I’ve heard prices range from $100 USD to about $250 USD. Could this be the #1 anti aging solution? Could this be the key to reducing wrinkles? I will be sticking to green tea, a healthy diet, and avoiding over exposure to the sun instead. Imagine how much antioxidant-rich green tea $100 could buy. Or even aloe vera plants that you could slime all over your face instead. But back to the snails, would you do this?
Are you ready Starting November 20th 2007 Japan will start to fingerprint and photograph people entering Japan. The fingerprints, photographs and other biometric data of foreign visitors will be stored in a computer for cross-checking with a list of wanted criminals and people who have been deported in the past. Investigative authorities will have access to the data.
The prints will remain on record for 70 years. According to the new procedures, if requested, the Justice Ministry will turn over the data to the police and other government agencies.
This excludes ethnic Koreans and other permanent residents with special status, those under 16, those visiting Japan for diplomatic or official purposes, and those invited by the state.
Japan Times said an estimated 6-7 million foreigners entering Japan every year will be covered by the ordinance.
Wal-Mart is in Japan. I couldn’t believe it and recently I’ve spotted the “GreatValue” brand that’s owned by Wal-Mart in a few grocery stores here. Sure the brand is generic but they sure do rack the price up here in Japan vs. the United States GreatValue price (uber lame!). I just read that Wal-Mart got into the Japan market back in 2002 and owns 50.9% of the struggling Japanese copmany Seiyu. Wal-Mart said it would offer 140 yen per Seiyu common share with the goal of taking full ownership of this drowning company. That would be about $878 Million. Let’s convert to yen as of the current currency conversion rate…
878,000,000 in USD would be 100,495,879,196 Yen. That’s why the Yen is so cool when you’re an American… it sounds like a shit load of money. 10 dollars? Oh hellz no! 1,000 Yen! That’s where it’s at! Continue reading →
The researchers at the University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Oku Laboratory have created a new robot which specializes in rock-paper-scissors where it is guaranteed to win the game 100 percent of its matches by using common human trait known as cheating. The researchers have developed a program for the “Janken” robot to recognize the hand shape of the human opponent and counter it within millisecond.
The program that the robot utilizes is called the human-machine cooperation system. It relies on a high-speed vision to stay one step ahead of its opponent. There is no way that a human can win the game for it can move 33 times faster than humans.
According to Professor Masatoshi Ishikawa, the human eye can only process 30 frames per second at most, but the robot can process 1,000 frames per second. As a consequence, the robot responds at a lightning speed for it has the capability to read the hand of the opponent faster that the human eye.
A Japanese TV station wanted a robot that is easier to understand and they have requested to build this rock-paper-scissors machine. Maybe this news is a bit old but… ‘Go-Go-Gadget’ Janken!
This terrible catastrophe has inspired many in the art community to help. FABLES FOR JAPAN is a collection of stories and artwork donated by writers, artists, animators, and students.
These talented people from around the world, ranging in age from fifteen to eighty-six, have come together to raise money and help rebuild Japan. The book brings together a fascinating mix of styles – fiction, poetry, painting, illustration, and comic book art – all connected by the theme of Japanese Folklore.
FABLES FOR JAPAN, BOOK 1 (of 3) is now available as an e-book download. 124 pages! 28 contributors! 24 amazing stories, all for $4.95!
All Proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross in care of Japan.
If you’ve been to any clubs lately you’ll notice that Korean pop music and fashion in Japan is growing in popularity. 2NE1′s new single in Japan “I Love You” should be released 2012.9.12 following up on their debut album ‘Collection’ and check out 2NE1′s Official Website Japan at http://www.2ne1.jp/
The Japanese stars will be showing off their acting skills along with Hugh Jackman on the next Wolverine movie that is going to be released on summer of 2013. Since the new movie is acting as a standalone and the co-stars from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine won’t be showing up, it means that it needs a whole new to cast to surround Hugh Jackman as Wolverine travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior.
From news sources, the story is based in Japan and the production will take place in Jackman’s native Australia and will also spend some time in Japan. The Wolverine cameras will start to roll next month (UPDATE: See video below) and it will be released on July 26, 2013.
The Japanese stars who are lined up to join the cast of the new Wolverine adventure are Hiroyuki Sanada, a big deal in Japan who has casted in the American films The Last Samurai, Revenge, Lost, Rush Hour 3, and Danny Boyle’s underseen Sunshine, he will be playing Shingen; Hal Yamanouchi, who appeared in The Way Back and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, will be playing Yashida; Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima, the two newcomers who are playing Mariko and Yukio.