23 September 2017

Osaka Gaigo Court Case Update - Sept 14

Court cases never seem to proceed at the same speed or level of excitement as in television shows like Perry Mason, LA Law, or even Judge Judy. This is especially true in Japan. Read more.

Health Care Card Changes For Transgender People

On August 31st, 2017, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare sent a notification to health insurance-related institutions telling them to allow transgender people to use their preferred name for their health insurance card.

Unfortunately, English versions of neither government notification nor the NHK article are available at the moment. Links to the Japanese follow.

Berlitz Update (2017/09/15): Progress In Talks

Just recently, we let you know that our Berlitz Branch had taken a strike vote.

The intention was never to strike immediately, but to show the company the seriousness of our intent to protect the incomes of Pay Per Lesson teachers, as some instructors have experienced losses of over 100,000 yen per month. Read more.

"GU Helped Me Win Tenure"

We received a message this week. It's nice to hear kind words but better yet, it was good to hear that our education campaign about the "5 year rule" helped someone to better their work conditions. Read more.