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March 27, 2009

Nova President may face criminal charges for failing to pay teachers

NovaPresident.jpegLast July prosecutors decided not to indict Nozomu Sahashi, the former President of Nova, for failing to pay about 105 million yen to around 400 teachers and other employees. However, an independent panel that checks decisions by prosecutors has ruled that the decision not to prosecute was unjust.

According to an Associated Press report, 'the panel found that Nova and Sahashi were aware of a revenue shortfall, ran the language school on a hand-to-mouth basis, and continued to hire instructors without any clear prospect of ensuring the source of their salaries.'

Nova was the largest language school in Japan and employed about 15,000 people. It had 924 branches around Japan.

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