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James McCrostie

James McCrostie is a full-time university lecturer and part-time writer. He writes mainly about labor issues related to the English-teaching industry.

For James McCrostie's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Predatory conferences' stalk Japan's groves of academia

| May 11, 2016

'Predatory conferences' stalk Japan's groves of academia

“Predatory conference” organizers now stalk Japan’s groves of academe, preying on unsuspecting researchers. These conferences are inferior events that contribute little to the field of academic knowledge but generate plenty of revenue for organizers’ bank accounts. Academics, some simply naive but others willingly participating, ...

Harassers exploit Gaba's 'man-to-man' lesson format

| Jun 16, 2014

Harassers exploit Gaba's 'man-to-man' lesson format

The first sign that Olivia’s Gaba lesson would be anything but ordinary came when her student insisted during the warmup that he didn’t like wearing clothes.The middle-aged gentleman had previously studied English with Olivia while wearing the shortest of shorts. On this winter day ...

Berlitz union wins raise, bonus in suit settlement

| Jan 1, 2013

Berlitz union wins raise, bonus in suit settlement

The four-year legal battle between management and teachers at Berlitz Japan was declared over Thursday as both sides signed an agreement to end the company’s lawsuit against union officials.Claiming an 11-month strike by unionized teachers to be illegal, Berlitz Japan had sued five teachers, ...

Berlitz court ruling unequivocal on basic right to strike

| Mar 6, 2012

Berlitz court ruling unequivocal on basic right to strike

After hearing more than three years of testimony, the judge took only a minute to read the court’s verdict rejecting Berlitz Japan’s ¥110 million lawsuit against striking teachers and their union and reaffirming organized labor’s right to take industrial action.According to the Feb. 27 ...

| Feb 28, 2012

Threatened Goldman Japan workers unionize

The past year has been anything but business as usual for the financial industry. Faced with a frosty economic climate, financial service companies have been busy chopping dead wood. Last year, 200,000 financial service jobs ended up on the cutting block worldwide.In Japan, that ...

Foreign students back but numbers look likely to fall

| Jul 12, 2011

Foreign students back but numbers look likely to fall

They’re back. Worries that foreign students would abandon Japan following the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and accompanying fiasco at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have proven to be largely unfounded.According to Ministry of Justice figures, 70,170 foreign students left Japan between March ...