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Sahashi Charged with Nonpayment of Wages

Tack on nonpayment of wages to Sahashi's charge of embezzlement.

Sahashi has been charged with non-payment of wages. Says the Daily Yomiuri:

The Osaka Labor Bureau sent papers to prosecutors Monday on failed English language school operator Nova Corp. and its former president, Nozomu Sahashi, on suspicion of violating the Labor Standards Law for failing to pay wages to Nova workers.

According to the bureau, Sahashi, 56, is suspected of failing to pay 105 million yen in wages to 400 Nova workers.

Among the 400, 134 were Japanese staffers who did not receive salaries for September, totaling 33 million yen, and 266 were foreign instructors who received no wages for October, totaling 72 million yen.

Sahashi has claimed his failing to pay wages is not a violation of the law. He was quoted by labor officials as saying, "I feel responsible as the [former] president of the company, but I did what I could do, like putting my own money into the business."

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The Sankei Shimbun has a quick rundown on the final 24 hours before his arrest on June 24.

The day before his arrest, Sahashi received a call from his lawyer informing him that the police wanted to question him. Sahashi traveled from Tokyo to Osaka and checked in at a cheap business hotel.

He met his lawyer and borrowed a notebook computer so he could write an apology to the staff and students. He typed out a one-page apology and wanted to print it, but the hotel didn't have a printer. He saved the file and gave the computer
back to his lawyer.

The next morning, the day of his arrest, he made his way to the Kita-ku ward office in Osaka where he met his lawyer. Sahashi was dressed in a white short, dark coat, red neck tie, and wore sunglasses. It was here that he printed out his apology and placed his seal on it. He prepared himself for the inevitable and said little.

He then drove with his lawyer to a location in the city where the police were waiting for him. Sahashi got into their car, leaving his sunglasses on.

The police station was swarming with reporters. Around 9AM, the car he was riding in slipped into the parking lot, offering only a glimpse of its passenger. The police began their questioning, and at 5:30PM, they arrested him for embezzling money from the Shayuukai fund. Shortly thereafter, they arrested Toshihiko Murata on the same charge.

Comment: Sahashi's fall from grace is all but complete. The man who had it all with a luxury "office" in Shinjuku now has nothing and will likely be calling the inside of a jail cell home in the near future.

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"Comment: Sahashi's fall from grace is all but complete. The man who had it all with a luxury "office" in Shinjuku now has nothing and will likely be calling the inside of a jail cell home in the near future."

Yeah, right! That's why I have been fully cooperating with the Fuzz, and I've already worked out my legal stance. Because I expect to be looking at the inside of a jail cell.

It's not gonna happen.

Whose going to wager that this apology he wrote is nothing but the same old tired crap he gave Nova teachers near the last few months of the company. "I tried my best as the CEO of the company to make everything ok, and had nothing but the students, teachers and staff in mind". Blah blah blah ad infinitum. Even months after the collapse we can't escape his Jesus memos.

He couldn't print out the apology, because all the apologies from him meant so much, you know.
It didn't occur to him to use a pen and some paper?
What a numbnuts.

Why is the Osaka Labor Bureau pursuing this now, as opposed to 9 months ago when taking action might have made a difference? I doubt it that between now and then some new evidence has come to light that would have bolstered their case.

Lazy, worthless fucks.

The Osaka Labor Bureau should be charged for failing to execute their duties.

I just don’t get it, 10 students pay in advance a total of 30,000 dollars for some lessons. I take the money, allocate 50% of it to myself, before delivering the lessons, and when I can’t afford to keep the business going to deliver the lessons (already paid for), due to “unforeseen circumstances”, I put “my money” back into the business, and still you people won’t leave me alone? That make’s me a saint, doesn’t it? Give me a medal. It is not my fault, no-one at the “Snack Bar School of Business” in downtown Yakusa-ville taught me that eternal market expansion is a fairy tale, or that people actually expect to be given what they paid for. I did my best, damn it. If those lazy instructors had not insisted on 10 days off a year, we would have never been in this mess. It is all their fault entirely.

Saruhashi

I am wondering what happened to the rest of the instructors. There were more than 400 instructors affected in October. Is Osaka only covering insructors in Osaka. If so, why on earth did all my dealings here in Nagoya have to go through the Osaka office? If anyone knows the answers, please tell me.

Hi, Mr/Ms Anonymous, in Nagoya.

The reason I'm just being charged with misdemeanors, regarding non payment of 400 Osaka teachers, is that if I was charged with not paying 4000!!! teachers, nationwide, I'd really be in the doo doo. But this lesser charge (pre negotiated by my savvy lawyers) means I'll get a fine, and slapped wrists, but then we can all get on with our lives, like nothing happened...

well, at least I can, anyway!!!

Luv ya!

Noz

PS - letsjapan guys - the code question is too blurred to read, ya dumbasses. I'd NEVER have hired you, at Nova.

I'm curious about that number of 400 too, and hope the above post is not the answer though the same thought did occur to me. A nice round figure, but a small fraction of the actual number of unpaid salaries.

Hope someone can explain it?

Fall from grace? If he was as evil as some on this site would have you believe, why is he still in Japan? Why did he stick around till the last day? And that 'luxury' office, I don't buy it was all that it was sold by the trustee lawyers to be. There's a massive undercurrent going on here and it makes anyway who tows the typical media line look like a parrot wearing a dunce's hat.

I think it is only around 400 people who actually went in for the interviews that they requested of all of us. Remember getting a letter asking you to go to your local labour office for an interview... not many went... I would say that is why the number is 400.

That's sounds closer to the mark, though I don't think I got that letter. Guess it only went to people in Osaka.

I got a letter to go talk to the labor office, which i did, and i live in kyushu so it wasn't just osaka.

4 0f us went into Yokohama Labour Standards Office from our area. They said they would send the complaint to Osaka and prosecution proceedings would be from there.

SARUHASHI HAS NEVER BEEN AS SMART AS SOME THINK, ALTHOUGH IT WOULD APPEAR IN HERE, THERE ARE STILL SOME SPELL BOUND SARUHASHI WORSHIPERS. SOME PEOPLE ARE ATTRACTED TO AND TURNED ON BY MEN WHO TRULY DO NOT GIVE A SHIT, AND DEFY THE LAW. THEY CONFUSE THOSE RECKLESS ATTRIBUTES AS BEING A FORM OF INTELLIGENCE. THE ONLY THING THAT HAS SEPARATED SARUHASHI FROM THE REST OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IS EXTREME ARROGANCE, RUTHLESSNESS, AND LAWLESSNESS. THIS ATTITUDE OF DIVINE SELF-CENTREDNESS WAS SOME WHAT ENCOURAGED BY POLITICAL PROTECTION, WHICH IS NOW ONLY A FRACTION OF WHAT IT WAS. THE PROCESS OF FULLY EXPOSING THIS THIEF HAS ONLY JUST BEGAN, AND CHARGES WILL KEEP MOUNTING, ALTHOUGH POLITICAL ALLIES WILL TRY TO FRUSTRATE THE PROCESS, IN ORDER TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, BUT THEY WILL FAIL.

ON THE SUBJECT OF INTELLIGENCE ONE NEEDS TO LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE NOVA BUSINESS MODEL, WHICH WAS NOT INTELLIGENT AT ALL, WITH THE ULITMATE COLLAPSE OF NOVA BEING ENTIRELY PREDICTABLE.

BUT WITH SARUHASHI SO ADDICTED TO AND DESTRACTED BY STEALING FROM THE COOKIE JAR, WHICH WAS, UNTIL MARKET SATURATION POINT, ALWAYS REPLENISHED BY PAY IN ADVANCE WOULD BE “STUDENTS” HARD EARNED CASH, IT BECAME AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK FOR HIM TO INTELLIGENTLY MANAGE HIS BUSINESS ONCE HIS SCAM WAS EXPOSED.

THE GUY IS A COMMON CROOK AND NOT A PARTICULARLY SMART ONE AT THAT. HENCE HIS REALITY TODAY, WHICH GETS WORSE AND WORSE WITH EVERY TICK OF THE CLOCK.

PEOPLE SHOULD REJOICE THAT TIME HAS FINALLY CATCHING UP WITH THAT BASTARD.

MAY HE ROT IN HELL, OR A JAIL CELL, EITHER/OR.

What do you call writing all in caps? Push your shift button and then your caps lock. Only capitalize the first words of sentences etc. Then, people might read your posts.

I would imagine that that 400 represents the number of individuals that actually got off of their asses and marched down to the Labour Board to do something about it. Japanese employees represented about one third of the complaints, so about only 270 non-Japanese bothered seeking redress through the proper channels.

The rest just managed to bitch and whinge and wallow in their own self pity which really accomplishes nothing. But then again, if they were self-starters and motivated they wouldn't have been at Nova in the first place.

You can throw words and phrases like "crook","criminal", "fool" "got what's coming..." "prison cell" all you like, but in your post, just like the Letsjapan guys, in their eagerness to see me fall, are all WRONGLY assuming that there's any kind of law against:

a) being hardnosed in business
b) making foolish business decisions, even greedy, or shortsighted ones
c) going bankrupt
d) keeping a low profile after going bankrupt

There isn't, and that is why I wasn't charged for months, 'cos they couldn't find anthing, and finally, this piddling charge has been cooked yup by the Osaka Labor board anyway, just so they can get the union, and a bunch of irate teachers off their back. When I walk (this charge has NO chance of sticking), the Labor board can say "we tried our best!". They don't care - they're just looking for a way to pass the buck - hence the charge!

I'm just trying to spare your impending disappointment guys - THERE'S NO WAY I'LL GO DOWN!!!!

See, I can write in capitals, too!

Respeck!

The Nozzmonster

(a) If u signed up for Nova, and took it any more seriously than you would working as a waitress in a titty bar – LOSER !
(b) If u stayed at Nova for anymore than 6 months – LOSER !
(c) If u worked in eikaiwa period for anymore than 6 months – LOSER !
(d) If u thought for a second eikaiwa experience counts for anything, other than giving you the capacity to drink beer in Japan – LOSER !

All this debate about Saruhashi, Nova, this, that, the other thing – it is all LOSER talk !

A retard could tell from their website, they were full of shit. A retard could tell at the interview, they were full of shit. A retard could tell from the training, they were full of shit. A retard could tell from his first day on the job, they were full of shit. Nova's only use was to get money to buy beer, period. That's it - drink beer and shut the hell up !

Nova was for LOSERS ! If u got caught up in the mess, well that will teach you, for being such a LOSER !

As for Nova being gone – good riddance to bad rubbish ! It had it comin a hell of a long time !

well..anyway..i came to "japan", not "nova"....nova was merely a method of allowing me to travel and to see the country and meet folks.

i could stay at home in canada and freeze my arse off...or i could see a bit of the world.

nova facilitated that...i bitch and moan about it sometimes..cuz it could have been great..if not for the sycophants and the idiocy of "hiring from within" ..>>always a mistake<<.."lets promote Karen Miller as a top manager..she mumbles alot and probabaly has her degree in music..but shes been here a long time...shes earned it.." "Edo Fackler?..that anal retentive duty-freak and closet nazi whos been here 20 years, and REALLY only left cuz they closed Shakeys down?..yes yes put him in charge of an entire area..HE'LL motivate them lazy gaijin!"

idiots.

if you want your business to run smoothly..how about hiring some top managers from ..oh i dunno...a business school?

hehe..see?..there i go again..maybe i AM a loser cuz i cant let it go...even though i'm already 100 times better off.

Right, after leaving my previous post I remembered going to the labour standards office in a Yamaguchi city and passing on the details of several other teachers, prior to NOVA actually going bankrupt to find out what would happen in the event of NOVA going under. Maybe that's why we didn't get that letter.

Edo Feckler? Is that name real? Sounds like he's trying to be Japanese by nicknaming himself "Edo" (a desperate grasp for popularity with the locals?), and his surname "Feckler" is a dead giveaway as to why he was a closet Nazi.....

Yeah, there were some complete and utter fuck ups in so called "management" at Nova. Such a shame so many of them are back in their home countries, living in their parents basements.....

what a japanophile ass-clown..

who would name their record-holding fat baby Edo?

Ugly ain't it?

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