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.
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Scandal-tainted school Nova granted court protection from creditors
Renee writes in – Hi there – love your site. It is very inspirational as an American looking to live in Japan for a month or two..I am curious if you know of any jobs that an ex-pat could work for a few months in Japan…Nothing too committed..I don’t plan on staying in Japan for more than a month, month and a half tops. Is there any feasible work in Japan for a non Japanese speaker? Something just to make some yen while couch surfing til we move out to Austria. I appreciate your help!
Hi Renee. I think it would be difficult to find reliable short term work (for one month), even as a teacher. You’d need to have the proper visa and many places are looking to hire for long term. You might contact a local foreigners center or visitor center when you’re in Japan. Sometimes people post ads about teaching private lessons, or ads wanting private lessons. And there are 1-day jobs where people do things such as hand out tissues, but I’m not sure how you apply for a job like that.
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Some cool and interesting thing have been happening in Japan! Check this stuff out.
- Japan Launching Ambitious Asteroid-Sampling Mission in 2014 [Space.com]
- Kyoto resident becomes world’s oldest-ever man at age 115. [Japan Times]
- Working in Japan Without a Degree – It Is Possible! [Huffington Post]
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This is the final lesson, part 7 of a 7 part series about how to start your own bar, restaurant, or nightclub business in Japan.
Lesson7 of 7: Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub – How to Get Started Today!
Opening a business in Japan can be hard work, but if you follow the laws of the land and do your homework, it can be a very rewarding and fruitful experience.
This is a part 6 of a 7 part series about how to start your own bar, restaurant, or nightclub business in Japan.
Lesson 6 of 7: Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub – Five Secrets to Growing your Japanese business
During Lesson 6, we’ll cover the following topics:
- Do Your Homework
- Pay Attention to the Details
- Be Realistic in Projections
- Hire Carefully
- Care About Your Product
This is a part 5 of a 7 part series about how to start your own bar, restaurant, or nightclub business in Japan.
Lesson 5 of 7: Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub – Potential Problems and Solutions
During Lesson 5, we’ll cover the following topics:
- Inadequate or Inappropriate Funding
- High Competition
- Knowing the Laws to Follow
- Failed Inspections
This is a part 4 of a 7 part series about how to start your own bar, restaurant, or nightclub business in Japan.
Lesson 4 of 7: Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub – Opening Successfully and Finding Your First Customers
During Lesson 4, we’ll cover the following topics:
- Write a Press Release
- “Friends and Family”
- “Soft Opening”
- “Grand Opening”
- Create a Website and Subscriber Newsletter
- Research Additional Marketing Strategies
This is a part 3 of a 7 part series about how to start your own bar, restaurant, or nightclub business in Japan.
Lesson 3 of 7: Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub – Sample Business Plan
During Lesson 3, we’ll cover the following topics:
- Importance of a Business Plan
- Finding Resources to Help Build Your Business Plan
- Sample Restaurant Business Plan Outline
- Importance of a Business Plan
This is a part 2 of a 7 part series about how to start your own bar, restaurant, or nightclub business in Japan.
Lesson 2 of 7: Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub – Business Legal Requirements
During Lesson 2, we’ll cover the following topics:
- Notification to the Public Health Center
- Notification to the Fire Department
- Notification to Tax Office
- Notification to Labor Standards Supervision Office and Hello Work
- Special Requirements for Bars/Night Clubs
Welcome to the beginning of a 7 part series about how to start your own bar, restaurant, or nightclub business in Japan.
Lesson 1 of 7: Introduction and First Steps (How to set up a Bar, Restaurant, or Nightclub)
Congratulations on taking the first steps toward opening a business in Japan!
During this course, we will introduce you to the steps you must take to open a restaurant, bar, or combination restaurant/bar in Japan. (Throughout this course, for simplicity’s sake we will refer to these combinations as simply a “restaurant”.) And here you can find a list of good books about running a business in japan.
We will provide you with access to legal documents you must complete and information about how to file them, as well as give you some industry-specific information and tips on how to open and run your new business successfully.
Each lesson in this course will cover a different topic area for opening a successful restaurant, bar, or nightclub in Japan.
At the end of each lesson, we will list specific tasks for you to complete to help you succeed at each stage of your business development. If you complete each step thoughtfully and carefully, you will be well on your way to conducting a successful business in Japan.
Now on with Lesson 1: