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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on January 1st, 2007

    Hello Blog. Nice how the school is so up-front about how total the victory over its employees is. Sounds like a real pleasant place to work. Yet another case of labor rights being chipped away… Debito in Sapporo

    From the Asia Pacific University website:
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    Notices : Dismissal verdict for the demand for a preliminary
    injunction on the preservation of status launched by former full-time
    Japanese language lecturers.:

    2006/12/25 9:48:00 (325 reads)
    http://www.apu.ac.jp/home/modules/news/article.php?storyid=431

    In relation to the demand for a preliminary injunction in order to
    preserve the positions outlined in the employment contracts of former
    full-time Japanese language lecturers originally hired in April of
    2002 and who had fulfilled their 4 year period of employment, the
    Oita District Court (presiding judge: KAMINO Taiichi) handed down its
    verdict on November 30th, unequivocally dismissing the suit launched
    by the former lecturers.

    The Court in its ruling confirmed that Ritsumeikan, in its efforts to
    improve language education at APU, was both reasonable and had cause
    in abolishing the positions within the lecturer system in order to
    plan for the creation of a new lecturer organization. As to whether
    the decision to halt the employment of the lecturers was fair and
    just, the Court ruled that:

    1. There was no truth to the allegation that Ritsumeikan, at a
    Japanese language workshop held in 1999, had indicated that it would
    endeavor to allow full-time Japanese language lecturers to extend
    their period of employment should they wish to do so.

    2. That it was possible to infer that expectations for a continuation
    of employment stemmed from the 1999 Japanese language workshop, yet
    there was no reason for such expectations.

    3. That the employment contracts in question (for full-time
    lecturers) outlined an employment period of 4 years (the period of
    guaranteed employment), that the contracts provided a period of
    employment of 1 year, and that although this touched upon Article 14
    of the former labor standards law, it was appropriate in this case.

    4. That in accordance with the completion of the period of
    employment, the decision to halt the employment of the former
    lecturers did not constitute abuse of the right to dismissal.

    The Court acknowledged that the response of Ritsumeikan was fair, and
    thus summarily rejected the former lecturers’ demand.

    December 2006
    Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Vice President
    ENDS

    One Response to “Asia Pacific U gloats over its court injunction victory over dismissed workers”

    1. Tina Ottman Says:

      A sad and shameful announcement. The McRits juggernaut rolls on.

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