'Predatory conferences' stalk Japan's groves of academia

Issues | LEARNING CURVE 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, ...

Berlitz union wins raise, bonus in suit settlement

Issues | THE FOREIGN ELEMENT 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, ...

Issues | THE ZEIT GIST 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

Issues | THE ZEIT GIST 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 ...

Tomb tourism Saitama style

Travel Dec 12, 2010

Tomb tourism Saitama style

Crawling in and out of graves isn't everyone's idea of a good time. For those willing to give it a try, though, Yoshimi Hyakuana in Saitama Prefecture makes for an interesting day trip out of Tokyo. Literally meaning, "100 holes of Yoshimi," the Yoshimi Hyakuana ...

Gaba teachers challenge 'contractor' status

Issues | THE ZEIT GIST Oct 19, 2010

Gaba teachers challenge 'contractor' status

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 ...

General | ZEIT GIST: UPDATE Jul 27, 2010

Talks drag on, teachers fired in Berlitz case

After 20 months of legal wrangling, neither side has managed to snag a win in Berlitz Japan's ¥110 million lawsuit against five teachers and their union, Begunto. On the recommendation of the case's lead judge, the company and union have been in court-mediated reconciliation talks ...