A union exists for ailing teacher

Your article titled "Medical bills mount for 'fired' Tokyo English teacher fighting cancer, HIV" by Scott Simon (The Foreign Element, Oct. 22) omitted crucial information that would have helped the "200 teachers" the article cited as being currently vulnerable to the six-month contract and firings. There is a union formed among them — the University Teachers' Union of Nambu NUGW. They have an active chapter at Waseda University International Corp. They are in dialogue with the management through collective bargaining.

Had you interviewed them, you'd get more information on what unionized teachers know and let the un-unionized teachers, like Neil Grainger was, understand what their options are through a branch that already exists for them.