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Noriko Sakai's university loses certification

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Souzou Gakuen University in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture, has lost its certification as an official institution of higher education because it did not submit the necessary forms before the previous certification expired at the end of June, officials said Sunday.

The university got a lot of publicity last November when singer-actress Noriko Sakai, who received a suspended sentence last week on charges of drug use and possession, enrolled to take classes.

All universities and technical schools are required once every seven years to receive certification by submitting forms that report the contents of their curriculum and research, as well as financial affairs. A ratings organization authorized by the Ministry of Education then evaluates the school and provides guidance if it is deemed not up to standards.

According to Souzou Gakuen, it could not get together the 4.25 million yen required to submit the forms in time for the deadline, but added it hopes to do so soon. The Ministry of Education has indicated that it may ask for the school to go through reforms after assembling all the necessary information.

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Never neglect the paperwork! LOL!

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One would think a college that expects students to submit reports on time would do so themself...

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Why would simply submitting forms cost over $40000? And what of Nori P? Did she attend even one class beyond her photo op?

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It's not her alma mater until she graduates. Did she attend before and graduated? Story just says she "enrolled to take classes."

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It seems like Noriko Sakai's eligibility to attend the Souzou Gakuen University, despite her previous drug using, is hurting its reputation and image. Apparently, Japan is vehemently resenting the current and former drug users and any business which is associating with them.

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The curse of Noripi.

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I'm not sure about the exact cost, but I was on one of the committees that worked to submit the paperwork for our school a few years ago, and it is a monumental undertaking. It involves dozens of documents, and most of them have to be completed over a period of time. Although I would be a little wary of any school that couldn't get organized enough to complete a process which is vital to their very existence...

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Time to transfer those credits to another Jr college.

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What did she enrol to study? Horticulture? Parenting?? And yes did she actually attend?

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I care when people like her who take money because of their celebrity and have the chance to set an example treat their children like her son has been

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Whoa JT, this needs to be corrected

While the term 'alma mater' does refer to a school usually a college or university that one has attended, this doesn't make sense since she only enrolled in one class here and is neither a graduate nor has taken a full course load or has a degree etc from this institution. More likely her true alma mater would be in Fukuoka.

Thus I would suggest removing/re-titling the article as this is completely wrong from the common usage of the term as it is aimed at the wrong institution and thus not your intent.

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Sakai~san having enrolled here is really only a footnote.. her life and her past is not in ANY way connected to the school or its financial burden that made them miss the deadline for submission of the forms. So to the commenter who wants to think that a past incident involving a single charge of possession of an illegal stimulant drug by one of its students has ANY effect on the school at all is completely out of line. If Sakai~san chose to be some sort of spokesperson she could possibly have some political effect but since she has NOT involved herself in the school in any role other than being 1 of the MANY students, i seriously question why JT would mention her at all except as a poor attempt to gain interest in the article from her fans or detractors. Both JT and BuddhismTech are reaching very far out onto slender weak branches trying and make any connection they can between the sad situation at the school and 1 of its celebrity students.

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I had quite a few very good friends back home who studied horticulture and accidentally took up parenting. Great people though!

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Dont see the connection between Sakai and the school. Two totally different matters. Besides, it is most likely that around 50 percent of students at Copenhagen University have done some kind of mild drugs like smoking weed, but no matter what would happen to any former student, celebrity or not, then it would be unthinkable to link a person with that persons school. At least in northern europe.

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Very well said, Mikanojo.

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May be the Uni's whole attention was towards Noriko san and forgot to submit their paper, Komatta na!

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Folks, please re-read the article. The actress is mentioned - and WHY she is mentioned - in only one sentence. The rest of the article covers the problems the school is facing with no further reference to the actress.

The headline (as headlines are often wont to do) is designed to get the people to read the "meat" of the article. Seems like headlines always fudge reality a bit to get people to read the articles. I agree calling the university her "alma mater" is stretching things a bit if all we know is she enrolled in a class there.

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$40K to get accredited? Must be nice to be in government.

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For the thousands of students that have actually been through there, to be slandered simply because some chick stopped by, once, and never completed a course is the epitome of ridiculous. This is a non-story and only because Noriko Sakai was near it, it becomes "news". This is a sad type of news media character assassination against Sakai with the hapless university as victim.

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I didn't know Sakai Noriko owned a university.

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