or, even this one direct from Berlitz/Benesse lodged cleverly in its chivalrous-sounding "Code of Conduct" we find this all encompassing non-compete fecal nugget:Non-Compete:
The Employee agrees that during his or her employment by the Firm s/he will not participate directly or indirectly in the ownership or management of any enterprise engaged in such a business within Japan unless expressly consented to by the Firm.
Keep in mind that this is the same firm that went out of its way to sue union members who sued for wrongful termination Y110 million each (but lost):2. Prohibition of Conflicts of Interest
Conduct such as listed below that risks conflicts of interest with the Benesse Group is prohibited.
a) Cooperating with Competing Companies
For example, cooperating with a company that produces or sells products or services that compete with current or future products or services of the Benesse Group, such as by providing the company with confidential information or know-how acquired through work.
b) Conduct that Competes with the Benesse Group
For example, making unauthorized use of company assets or information acquired through work to start a business that conflicts with the interests of the Benesse Group.
I haven't worked for them but they sound like the TEPCO of eikaiwa.
For any part-time contractor, this kind of requirement sounds impossible to abide by - and I believe in reality few firms ever try to actually enforce such a ridiculous agreement -- "in return for part-time employment, you must agree not to work for any competitors". And, refusing to sign it would probably draw an abrupt negative reaction, so the practical conventional wisdom is to continue signing stupid unfair agreements with the minute risk they might actually turnaround one day and decide to enforce it.
Has anyone thought about this minor dilemma - albeit briefly?