A college student is suing Nippon Television Network Corp. after the broadcaster terminated its offer of an announcer’s job because she had worked part-time at a night club in Tokyo’s Ginza district.
In the suit filed with the Tokyo District Court, Rina Sasazaki, 22, is seeking to have Nippon Television reinstate its job offer so she can begin working for the network as an announcer, a highly coveted job among college graduates in Japan, particularly women.
During the first hearing of the trial on Friday, Nippon Television called for the case to be dismissed. The broadcaster plans to present its arguments in future hearings, according to Sasazaki’s lawyers.
Some reports said Sasazaki, currently a senior at Yokohama-based Toyo Eiwa University, won a “miss campus” beauty contest in 2011 and has appeared in fashion magazines as a model.
According to the lawsuit, Nippon Television offered Sasazaki the position on condition that she not seek other jobs after she attended a seminar organized by the Tokyo-based company in September 2013.
In March, she told a human resources official at Nippon Television that she had briefly worked part-time for a night club in the Ginza district run by an acquaintance of her mother. She was then notified in May that the company had terminated its job offer.
The notification letter stated that “announcers require high degrees of cleanliness” and that Sasazaki had made a false claim to Nippon Television by not including her work at the night club in a self-introduction paper she submitted during the seminar, according to the lawsuit.
Sasazaki’s counsel says Nippon Television’s assumption that people who work at night clubs lack cleanliness is prejudicial.
It also argues the network has no right to terminate the job offer after barring her from seeking other work. Many companies have since ended their recruitment for students graduating next spring.