Justice sought after allergy trauma

| Nov 16, 2010

Justice sought after allergy trauma

by Stephen Carr

One day in May, 7-year-old Kaiya Lucente was cleaning her classroom after lunch when she began coughing, her face puffed up and she found it difficult to breathe. Her eyes turned red, and scarlet blotches started to appear on her face. She had had ...

Small schools offer hope amid eikaiwa slump

| Nov 2, 2010

Small schools offer hope amid eikaiwa slump

by Richard Smart

The collapse of the Geos eikaiwa (English conversation school) chain earlier this year came as a cruel blow to an industry still struggling to restore its credibility years after Nova’s high-profile implosion. Since the Nova bankruptcy of 2007, the financial situation at the major ...

Gaba teachers challenge 'contractor' status

| Oct 19, 2010

Gaba teachers challenge 'contractor' status

by James Mccrostie

Long accustomed to being ignored, being forgotten proved too much to take for unionized teachers at Gaba language school. On Oct. 4, the General Union registered an official complaint and request for an investigation with the Ministry of Finance’s Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission ...

| Oct 5, 2010

Census blind to Japan's true diversity

by Debito Arudou

It’s that time of the decade again. By now, all households in Japan should have received and submitted Japan’s National Census (kokusei chosa), a survey taken every five years expressly to assist in policymaking, drawing up electoral districts and other matters of taxation and ...

Behind the facade of family law

| Sep 28, 2010

Behind the facade of family law

by Richard Cory

Last in a two-part series In mid-April, 12-year-old Michiko Watanabe, as she was now being called, found herself in a precarious situation. Earlier, her mother had clearly let her child know that she would no longer consider herself Michiko’s mother if Michiko ever attempted ...

Battling a broken system

| Sep 21, 2010

Battling a broken system

by Richard Cory

First in a two-part series In July, Tokyo’s family court granted me, an American, physical custody (kangoken) of my 13-year-old daughter exactly 120 days after she was abducted by my Japanese wife, a lifelong public servant employed as a teacher at a state school ...