Japanese chain’s closure hurts New Zealand teachers

The New Zealand embassy in Japan says hundreds of New Zealanders have been caught out by the closure of the country’s biggest English language school chain.

Thousands of foreign teachers have been made jobless and face expulsion from Japan after the Nova English language schools folded.

The embassy says it has received a steady flow of calls from New Zealand teachers starting to experience financial problems.

Many of the workers have not been paid for months as the company struggled to stay afloat.

The embassy says Nova had employed 200 New Zealanders.

It is advising those in financial difficulties to contact the company’s regional offices, or seek assistance from their bank, insurance company, family or friends.