One-stop counseling corner will be placed at service centers for foreigners in Tokyo & Osaka.(See below)

At those two centers, counseling for below matters will be available.

  • 1) Vocational Counseling, Placement Service
  • 2) Unemployment Insurance
  • 3) Wages, etc.

Interpreters will be placed at those centers as well as staffs from Regional Labour Bureau.

  • 〒530-0001 Osaka-Ekimae Second Bldg.15F,
  • 1-2-2 Umeda,Kita-ku,Osaka-shi,Osaka-fu
  • TEL 06-6344-1135 FAX 06-6344-1134
  • URL http://www.osaka-rodo.go.jp/hw/gaisen/

※Please visit in the center in the case of consultation. Since it becomes consultation through an interpreter,  consultation by a telephone is not supported.

Labor Consulting Counter for NOVA Employees

Here is original press release in Japanese from Nova. Mr. Sahashi is fired by board of directers and file a petition for protection with the court under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law.

Nikkei Original press release

According to Yomiuri Online, 4 companies are under negociation as a sponsor including Aeon, Marui, Yahoo Japan and Rakuten.

According to this article, Yahoo Japan and Rakuten are interested in MM Center. I hope new board of directors make right decision very quick.

Yomiuri Online NOVA、4社に支援打診へ

As you should all know by now, Nova is on a severe downturn at the moment. People have been enduring late payments, while others are losing their appartments.For those losing their appartments, don't hesitate to contact us, we could be able to find out a new place.
For those who have pay issues, i wanted to remind you of a few facts i have gathered.

With some of your first payslips you got a little paper like this :Unemployment insurance card
This is the proof that you have been paying the unemployment insurance.

You can go to the ハロワーク agency in charge of your area (the area of your accomodation, not work) with this paper.

WIth the pay problems going on in Nova, if you had your pay delayed (different payment day than usual) 2 months in a row (as far as i know, only staff are such a situation so far), you will be entitled to declaring your job insecure and be admitted by ハロワーク just like a fired employee. The length of the unemployment compensation will be calculated on your age and the length of your payments to the insurance like shows the first table of this page.

I do not garantuee to you all that it will happen exactly like this but it is what i was told for my personal case and i'm pretty standard...

The ハロワーク doesn't have any documentation in english as far as i know but they have some documents pretty clear in japanese and it should possible for most of us to obtain a clean enough translation from friends.
Here is a non exhaustive list of sites that help in the search of a job in various ways.

Job Dragon
URL: http://www.jobdragon.com/index_e.asp

Japan Times Jobs
URL: http://job.japantimes.com/index_e.php

URL: http://www.gaijinpot.com/

URL: http://www.careercross.com/en/

URL: http://www.japanesejobs.com/index.html

URL: http://www.jobseekjapan.com/

URL: http://www.japanenglishteacher.com/index.html
There are many native English speakers working at English conversation schools in Japan.
Usually BA is required but any BA is acceptable.
Still it depends on each school and you need to take English test to be hired.
List of famous English conversation schools.

More than 900 bruches all over Japan and more tha 480,000 students.
This company procides their own system called "Ginga net" which is using IP TV phone system.
They provide lessons in 7 languages including English, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, Italian and German.
URL: http://www.nova.ne.jp/global/index.html

They provide lessons in 7 languages including English, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, Italian and German.
URL: http://www.japanbound.com/

They provide lessons in English only.
URL: http://www.aeonet.com/

They provide lessons in 6 languages including English, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish and Italian.
URL: http://www.geoscareer.com/

They provide lessons in English only.
URL: http://www.gaba1to1english.com/

URL: http://recruit.berlitz.co.jp/

URL: http://www.shane.co.jp/

Further resources:
You can join the english teachers community to do some more research.
Teach English in Japan provides useful infomation and you can join community.
Here is a government page providing a file to download in which you will find important procedures and obligations of employment contracts. A must-read for all those who want to be a fully recognized worker in Japan. Here is the file in english but some might want to check out the other languages available.