Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Ship is Sinking

The company I worked for in Japan was the largest conversational English school chain. I was never really happy with the company itself, often feeling they did whatever brought in the most money at the least cost.

It was frustrating--trying to give your students the very best that you could while also following the company's directives.

That company is about to collapse. I'm reading horror stories about staff being paid late or not paid altogether. Those who live in company sponsored apartments are receiving eviction notices even though they have paid the company rent money. In short, it's an ugly, ugly situation.

On the one hand, it feels like a sort of karmic justice has been done and I can't help feeling a little happy. I always felt there was no way they could continue to survive with such unethical practices as they had. On the other hand, I still have friends who work there. I feel bad for the many foreigners who are suddenly going to find themselves in a strange land without a job.

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