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March 29, 2004

Nova Hit for "Abuse of Power"

Last Friday, the Kyoto District Court ordered Nova English language school to reverse a decision to transfer a teacher for union activism. American teacher Robert Bisom (60) was transferred from the Shijo Kawaramachi school in Kyoto to another branch last year, for reasons he alleged were related to his involvement in a labor union. He took the case to court last October. In handing down his decision, Judge Hidetoshi Asada said the court found "no professional necessity for the relocation". He added, "I believe the decision to relocate him was based on his labour union activities. The transfer was an abuse of power." Bisom, a Nova teacher since 1997, joined the nationwide union in 2001 and was active in encouraging other teachers to join.

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