Nova failure: Can teachers recoup lost pay, keep jobs?

| Nov 3, 2007

Nova failure: Can teachers recoup lost pay, keep jobs?

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When Japan’s largest employer of foreigners effectively went bankrupt last week, thousands of instructors at the foreign-language school giant were left without jobs. Many now face complicated legal problems in a language not their own. What will happen to Nova Corp., their contracts and ...

| Aug 7, 2007

DPJ's prospects with upper hand in Upper House

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The July 29 House of Councilors election brought a landslide victory to the Democratic Party of Japan, which together with the other opposition forces gained a majority in the chamber. In addition, the DPJ won the largest number of seats on a single-party basis ...

| Jul 12, 2007

What is significance of Bull-Dog action?

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Bull-Dog Sauce Co. on Wednesday became the first company in Japan to implement takeover defenses, issuing rights for new shares to block Steel Partners’ takeover attempt. Steel Partners Japan Strategic Fund (Offshore) L.P., which launched a tender offer for Bull-Dog shares in May, claims ...

| Jun 30, 2007

Why the big fuss about SIA? Some answers

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Two bills to replace the Social Insurance Agency with a government corporation were set to be enacted in the early hours of Saturday morning, despite the opposition camp’s last-ditch attempts to stop the vote in the House of Councilors. The bills are a response ...

| Jun 21, 2007

New laws to reshape education system

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Bills to revise four education-related laws were passed by the Diet on Wednesday. Following are questions and answers concerning the revision of the School Education Law, the Law Concerning Organization and Functions of Local Educational Administration, the Education Personnel Certification Law, and the education ...

What's behind the measles outbreak?

| Jun 8, 2007

What's behind the measles outbreak?

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A measles epidemic is spreading, especially among people in their teens and 20s, forcing weeklong closures at 29 universities and 22 high schools nationwide between April 1 and May 26. With the outbreak showing no signs of letting up, the government is urging citizens ...

| Mar 1, 2007

Ministry takes charge of bankrupt city

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This month, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry is expected to designate Yubari, Hokkaido, as a “municipality under rehabilitation.” Following are questions and answers outlining what that means for the city: Why did Yubari’s financial condition deteriorate? Yubari, a city of 13,000 residents in ...

| Feb 22, 2007

Rate hike means both pain and gain

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The Bank of Japan’s Policy Board on Wednesday raised the key short-term interest rate by a quarter point to 0.5 percent. Following are some explanations on how the interest rate hike will impact the Japanese economy: How are interest rates controlled? The key interest ...

| Jan 24, 2007

Election puts overtime-pay exclusion on hold

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Wary of an upcoming election, the ruling bloc is backing off on a highly contentious bill that would exclude certain white-collar workers from overtime pay. But debate over the issue, which unions fiercely oppose, will resurface because the government’s retreat is widely believed a ...