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GEOS to Explain Things on Wednesday

GEOS has posted a brief note on its website [PDF] saying that it will explain what it will do in response to the school closures on Wednesday the 10th, following meetings in Australia:

この度はオーストラリア法人の各学校の閉鎖に関しまして、お騒がせ しましたことを改めてお詫び致します。

今回の件が現地法人で起こった事であり、弊社が商標権を許諾してい たとはいえ、GEOSブランドを信用してご入学頂き、今回の出来事にあ われました皆様に対して、現地での全ての説明会が終了した後、 2月10日(水)、弊社ホームページにて対応を発表致します。

From this short note, it appears that GEOS is backing away from the they-only-licensed-the-GEOS-brand excuse and realizes that the closures have damaged the GEOS brand. Maybe Kusunoki has been following Toyota's poor handling of its recall and understands that the appearance of inactivity is about the worst thing you can do in a crisis. It sounds like he or a representative went to Australia to find out what's been going on or apologize. That said, there will be no press conference on Wednesday; GEOS will make their announcement in the form of another PDF on its website. Any takers on what GEOS plans to do?

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I suspect Geos plans to bow, apologize, and all will be forgiven.

They are very, very sorry and deeply regret taking all their customer's money without any intention of giving it back, or honor what they paid for.

Everyone will life happily ever after, and never speak of it again.

It is clear from their accounting who has ultimate control and decision making in the case of GEOS Oceania. It is unlikely that the home company has yet realised the significance of their not only pissing off just about all of the Australian State Governments but also the Commonwealth Government. There is going to be some pain when the federal agencies commence knocking on doors.

Oh goody, there was me having a nice relaxing weekend and now it's Sunday night and I've started thinking again about how on EARTH our school is going to find the money to pay for teachers to cover the students we'll inevitably be pushed to take on gratis after the EA meetings have concluded. Can't wait to see just how much shit you've dropped us in. I really truly hope you die of AIDS from all the hookers you screw on those overseas 'training sessions' you corpulent bastard.

'Special K' as he was fondly known, had a penchant for hookers, we all know that, especially those of the Russian kind...what a disgrace!!!!!! To have to look up to a CEO who was blatant about his sexual preferences for Russian girls and who told you that you must look attractive to be able to do your job well..... Who told you that fat members of staff would not last long in their jobs and that they were in fact monsters. Who abused you and other staff members on a regular basis via video chat sessions which all staff were forced to watch. What goes around comes around and now it is your turn to suffer. You are a criminal.

There is no reason to lie to anyone in a global world that has a free exchange of information and fair competition. Kusunoki can fool himself into thinking he can manage this crisis, but its too late. There are laws in western countries that prevent con-artist like Kusunoki from ripping people off...he is now fully understanding that. Im real certain the Australia government will release a report on the GEOS schools sudden closure, theft of pre-paid student tuition, and illegal money transfers to Japan soon. You can bet that report will cast Kusunoki and GEOS Japan in a real negative light and hopefully criminal charges and lawsuits will quickly follow.

With his press release coming up this wednesday, Kusunoki is trying to blunt some of the damage and financial fallout (student refunds, non-renewals, no new students) before the FACTS are released by the Australian government. Kusunoki knows GEOS is hanging by a thread and does not want his staff, teachers, and student deserting in masse.

Looks like the cart of bullshit is finally catching up to GEOS Japan and its conman owner.

I can't wait to see what he has to say on Wednesday. The man thinks he is invincible. I am sure he thinks he is going to clear his name on this one. I hope he ends up in prison!

Kusai-noki, you are going down. If the legal system here doesn't take care of you ALA Saruhashi, us long-suffering GEOS teachers will. You'll keep, you scumbag, bloodsucking, arrogant piece of crap. Us GEOS teachers demand answers - the morale is now zero in the schools and none of us can be bothered anymore. SOme teachers just aren't turning up to their shifts, and those that do are not "teaching". It is absolute chaos and pandemonium in the branches.

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Undoubtedly the president and CEO of Geos is just trying to milk the cow for as long as he can. He's continuing to have Japanese branches forward their advance student tuition deposits to the head office. And he's continuing to bleed as much money out of the corporate account as he can into his personal accounts. At the same time he's trying to find a place to secretly stash away his personal money so that when the shit hits the fan he can say he lost in gambling or some other non verifiable venue. The rent and bills of all Japanese Geos branches is now going into arrears and when the fat lady finally sings it will be at the end of this month before all of March's bills are due. Until then he's just going to keep on acting like everything is just peachy peachy. As he pilfers everything he can.

Bottom line is that if you work for Geos you'd better only work if your salary is paid in full in advance. And if you are a student you shouldn't pay ANY ADVANCE tuition fees under these circumstances. If you are a landlord or other vendor that provides credit or services to Geos you should demand advance prepayment only for any goods or services provided.

Dare I say it, but can’t you people see that you are ONLY making the situation worse?

If GEOS goes down because they're charging exorbitant fees for eikaiwa lessons that hardly any Japanese people see the point of any more and subsequently don't enroll for, it'll be absolutely nothing to do with the teachers.

Do you really think you people, collectively or individually, are smarter than The Company? I can assure you, they, The Company, are smarter than you. You complain, as if you are smarter than they, The Company. I know The Company is smarter, because I know, people in the know, and I and they go back a long time.

Well, we'll see what happens to GEOS and we'll know if you're right or not, won't we? But with eight GEOS-affiliated schools having just gone bankrupt, which points to something being systemmatically and fundamentally wrong somewhere, the Company aren't looking very smart at the moment.

Its time to start clearing your good stuff out of drawers and cupboards at GEOS. Clean them out so that all is left are a couple of pens, some scrap notepaper and a half-used pack of yellow post-it notes. Leave nothing valuable or nothing that you care about. Oh, same goes for extra ties or jackets or coats you may have in the office. Download any important stuff you have on the school computer. Exchange addresses with those you care about. Then, hey-nonny-no, cone lock-out time, you have one less set of things to worry about.

PS Observing such activity tends to stress management, which is a bit of a plus.

Yeah, right. LOL. Thanks for making me smile. :)

Interesting quote (part of comment 35 from thread) by a GEOS Perth Accounts Administrator attached below FYI;

Shock as St Mark's International College shuts doors

http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/news/shock-as-st-marks-international...

"Japan took all of our profit and capital from Australia to save their own butts when they closed down 200+ colleges over there. This left no back up to fall onto when the colleges were hit by the recession and gradually went under. Also lets not forget those certain people at GEOS Management Services who helped bring the company down. Bastards."

Mr Kusunoki changed the focus of his international school sales campaigns from "local recruitment" to "cash target" during Mar-09 & has been illegally rerouting funds back to Japan ever since.

Some of you may not have been in Japan long enough to know about this from 2001:

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/English-language+school+GEOS+hid+income+fr...

To the above poster: everyone already knows kusonoki hid income in 2001, it's not new news. It was posted here a while back, actually.

Anyway, I should mention that I am a Geos teacher. Geos is pushing overseas "study" HARD now. My manager was putting up a whole bunch of "cultural" communication, enjoy being entertained by a burnt out 30-something beer bellied genki gaijin dipshit in the big berry danger & scary blonde gaikoku posters all over the place on Saturday. You know, the kind of thing that Japs go mad for.

The funny thing is... these posters still feature the Australian flag on their design.

College collapse angers overseas students Sarah Mennie From: Sunday Mail (SA) February 06, 2010

IT'S not the start Cintia Ferreira expected when she came to Adelaide to learn English.

The 27-year-old from Brazil simply hoped it would improve her career chances as well as let her experience a different culture.

Instead, it's been a rollercoaster ride for Ms Ferreira.

Nine days ago she was among 2300 students who fell victim to the collapse of the GEOS English-language colleges around Australia, including Adelaide.

"GEOS was recommended by an agency in Brazil," she said.

"The school was really good; we had very, very good teachers.

"I was really shocked to find out GEOS had closed. We didn't have a clue, didn't have an idea this was going to happen."

Ms Ferreira and 103 other students in Adelaide learnt on Thursday they would be able to continue their courses.

Jeon Ji Seon, from South Korea, said everyone had been worried - "worried about money and worried about visas".

"When I heard GEOS is closed my feelings are very confusing, I'm very worried," she said.

English Australia, the national professional association for English-language colleges, has implemented the Tuition Assurance Scheme which will ensure all students in Adelaide - and almost certainly across Australia - will be placed in another English-language course by the end of the month.

While some see it as lucky there is an alternative place for them, others, like 26-year-old Luanda Guerra, from Brazil, are not so sure.

"Maybe I lost, it's not what I paid for," said Ms Guerra, who worked for two years to save to come to Australia. About 40 students who have paid fees to GEOS Adelaide, but are yet to arrive in the country, will also be helped under the Tuition Assistance Scheme.

State Opposition education and children's services spokesman David Pisoni said he was concerned about students being left with nowhere to live after paying GEOS for accommodation.

"The WA and Victorian governments picked up the tabs and it's important we do that here as well," he said.

Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology deputy chief executive Elaine Bensted said the State Government's priority was the students and ensuring they could continue their study in Adelaide.

Meanwhile, a former director of GEOS Adelaide said the company acted as cash cow for the Japanese parent company.

Gary Maserow, who resigned in October, said he had "no idea" why GEOS Adelaide and eight other Australian GEOS companies went into voluntary administration.

Six of the nine companies recorded profits in the last financial year, according to financial reports completed by BDO Kendalls.

Mr Maserow, who was also regional co-ordinator for all GEOS colleges in Australia and New Zealand, said there was "enormous pressure" placed on the company to send Australian profits to Japan.

"Japan demanded and demanded," Mr Maserow said.

Dharmadasa Ratnayake Mudiyanselage, a director of the nine Australian companies, said the companies had liquidity problems.

Mr Maserow said he had "no idea" why all of the companies went into voluntary administration.

"What happened in the last six months?" Mr Maserow said. "Because the audit was fine."

Mr Maserow dismissed suggestions the global financial crisis had contributed to the collapse.

The Australian GEOS companies had two other directors at the time of the collapse: David Emert and Japan-based Tsuneo Kusunoki, who founded GEOS in 1973.

Mr Emert and Mr Kusunoki did not respond to calls.

Administrators Ernst & Young are continuing to investigate the collapse.

Tomorrow GEOS will announce their plans for GEOS New Zealand. Although most agents are not sending to GEOS, at least one agent sent a student this week. I heard about another agent who received a new agent pack with information about the coming FCE class and an offer of 30% commission. One of the postings above refers to an all -out push to send students overseas from Japan. The entrails suggest GEOS wants to continue. To continue in NZ Japan GEOS will have to do more than talk - they will have to pump money into NZ. Will they actually send over money? If NZ tumbles, it will domino all around the world. GEOS knows this and don't seem like the sort of company to quit early. What the unhappy Australian ex-staff are not doing effectively is getting detailed information on GEOS business practices to the NZ media / regulators. THe likely scenario is that the international schools will drop in numbers and when the music stops it will be staff who miss out on holiday pay, and taxpayers or other innocent parties who clean up the mess. Can't English Australia put out a press release asking for $10 million dollars from GEOS New Zealand? Can't a cheeky Australian documentary crew go into GEOS Auckland and ask for the missing $10 million? My bet is that tomorrow's message will be 'business as usual'. Nothing happened except some cheeky Australian managers misused the GEOS name and ruined a good company by being disloyal. And so far not a peep out of Aussie staff heard here in the remaining Oceania schools. Yes - my bet is 'business as usual' I do hope I am wrong.

Nice call. Let's see what happens tomorrow.

No, I think your comment is right on the money, it would be typical of Japan to issue an insipid apology and say "business as usual", or just simply lie and say it was all Australia's fault. However, to think to ask New Zealand for money is also definitely a no go as they're just about to be served by the administrators for the 200k that they owe St Marks, as much as I am also worried about those in NZ, it is Australia's money that they are paying their staff with.

200k will be paid if it is demaded by the administrators, thats 2% of the total in Australia, remember the domino theory will be protected at all cost. If it is true about the 200k, It is chicken feed if you think about the big picture.

For GEOS Europe: Wendy Teraoka, Regional Director, wendy@geos-europe.com.
For GEOS North America: Uri Carnat, Regional Director, uri.carnat@geos.net.
For GEOS New Zealand: Suart Binnie, Manager, stuart@akldlang.co.nz
For GEOS Asia: Mr. Eben Lau, Regional Director, ebenlau@geosing.com.sg

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