According to the Mainichi shuimbun, G.communication is to close two schools this month in Nagano. G.communication operates four GEOS schools and two children's schools in the prefecture. The Matsumoto school will close on the 20th and the Saku school on the 31st. A spokesperson called the closures the result of an "overall management decision."
Students were informed late last month about the closures. The Matsumoto school will merge with the NOVA Matsumoto ekimae school, while students at the Saku school have been given the option of going to the NOVA Nagano Ueda ekimae school or taking Ocha no ma ryuugaku lessons via videophone.
A mother with a son who has been taking lessons for the past four years at the children's school in Saku says that going to Ueda isn't an option since it's too far away.
A brief report in the Chunichi shimbun fleshes out the "overall management decision" comment slightly by adding that the closures had to do with unpaid rent when G.com took over GEOS. (So, G.com didn't want to pay the rent?)