In 2007, the Government ordered Nova, then one of Japan’s most famous English language school chains, to stop its operations when founder Nozomu Sahashi was charged with embezzlement. But Jibun Mirai Associe Co. Ltd. took over the school and despite the controversy the chain had, the company will keep the name as ‘Nova.’
The new Nova will be under Nova Holdings Co., which will take charge of the managerial and administrative affairs of the school. Jibun Mirai Associe said it will keep the school’s name because of its established distinction. Nova was established in 1981 in Osaka by Sahashi until it was closed down. The company hopes that the revival of the English language school will bring a good impression, especially to students who want to learn English. Currently, Nova Holdings have 66,000 students in its 336 schools. It has twenty branches in five regions in the country – Hokkaido, Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, and Shikoku – while the main office is in Umeda, Kita, Osaka.
Sahashi was sentenced last year to a 2-year imprisonment, leaving the school bankrupt. He was charged with committing fraud amounting to 320 million yen (approx. $3.2 million), with students’ refunds being unpaid. Language teachers of Nova, while still under Sahashi, also filed complaints against the founder because of their unpaid salaries, but Sahashi is yet to be prosecuted for that matter.
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