- Interac (Japan)
name = Interac
foundation = September 1972
services = Education, consultation, publishing
homepage = http://www.interac.co.jp/ (in Japanese)
Interac is a
Japanese company which provides Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) for elementary and middle public schools and private companies. Founded in 1972, their client base includes more than 4,000 organizations such as Honda, the Hitachi Group, the Mitsubishi Group and NEC, as well as International Cooperation Agency. [ [http://www.interac.co.jp/recruit/about.htm Interac Japan] ] The company was co-founded by Roice Krueger, [ [http://www.franklincovey.com/fc/training_and_consulting/speakers_bureau/roice_krueger Roice Kreuger profile at Franklin Covey] ] a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The company is owned by Selnate International School in Provo, Utahin the United States. [ [http://www.mission.net/japan/sendai/presidents.php?prID=4501 Yasuo Niiyama profile on mission.net] ] [ [http://www.selnate.com/about.htm Selnate International School] ] "Interac" is an abbreviation for International Education Research and Analysis Corporation. [Illinois State Library [http://swan.mls.lib.il.us:90/record=b1428186 listing] for "The Japanese language by sight and sound" by D.H. Groberg.]
Local municipalities in Japan have been increasing their reliance on private ALT placement companies, Interac was chosen by the City of
Yokohamato supply ALT's to area high schools in 2006. Interac dispatches teachers to approximately 1,400 school around Japan.cite web
title= Outsourced ALT's
publisher= Yomiuri Shimbun
date= Aug 26, 2006 ] The company has nine domestic branches within Japan, along with an overseas office in Provo. There are approximately 100 administrative staff and over 1,500 native-speaking Assistant Language Teachers and language consultants for English and other languages.
On June 30, 2007,
NHKbroadcast the story of Samantha Bouton, an American ALT living in Chiba Prefectureworking for Interac and contracted to work in Japanese schools. The report notes that each week, Ms. Bouton, working with her teacher colleagues, makes her teaching schedule which she then sends to Interac. The company then returns the schedule as her official schedule. The report continues by saying this is, in fact, in conflict with Japanese law. Further, she works from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., five days a week, for a total of 40 hours; however, her contract with Interac is for 29.5 hours only. This makes her ineligible for enrollment in Shakai hoken (Japanese Social Insurance). cite news
title = Ohayoo Nippon (morning edition)
publisher = NHK News
date = 2007-06-30
accessdate = 2007-11-24 ]
The January 5, 2008 edition of
The Japan Timescarried a front-page story titled "Assistant language teachers in trying times"cite web
title= Assistant language teachers in trying times
The Japan Times
date= 5 January 2008 ] The article discusses the state of ALTs in Japan, and specifically deals with some of the problems experienced by Ms. Bouton while contracted with Interac.
Interac unionized teachers are represented by "Nambu Interac Branch", [ [http://nambufwc.org/branches/ Branches » Nambu FWC - NUGW Tokyo Nambu ] ] and the "General Union Interac Branch" [ [http://interac.generalunion.org/ …The General Union Interac Branch… » *About The Interac Branch - …home to union members working at Interac Co, LTD and “Maxceed”… ] ] , both members of the
National Union of General Workers, which is itself a member of "Zenrokyo" (National Trade Union Council).
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