Interac (Japan)

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Interac
Corporation
Industry Education
Founded September 1972
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Number of locations
13 regional offices in Japan
Services Education, Consultation, Publishing, Language Testing
Website http://www.interacnetwork.com

Interac is a Japanese comprehensive educational consultation company, founded in 1972.[1] The name is an acronym for International Education Research and Analysis Corporation, although the company has never operated under that name. Interac originally concentrated on teaching business English, then shifted focus to providing Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) to public elementary, middle, and high schools. Interac provides teachers to schools around Japan.[2]

The company has fifteen domestic branches within Japan,[3] with associated offices in Salt Lake City and Oxford. There are approximately 100 administrative staff, and a teaching team of over 2500 ALTs and language teachers for English and other languages.[3][4]

Clients[edit]

Interac has fifteen branches servicing over 7000 different client organizations. Mostly these are local boards of education to whom Interac provides ALTs. The scope of this teaching in public schools is quite large, and the estimate based on government figures is that about 17.33%, or 1 in 5.76 students, is taught by an Interac teacher weekly.[5] About 10% of its business is in providing language instruction to companies such as Ito-Yokado,[3] Honda, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, and NEC, as well as Japanese governmental organizations such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency.[4]

Ownership[edit]

From 2010 to 2014, Interac was owned by Advantage Partners. Since April 2014, Interac has become part of Link & Motivation Inc (TSE:2170).[6]

Union representation[edit]

In western Japan some Interac teachers are represented by the General Union.[7] In southern Japan Interac teachers are represented by the Fukuoka General Union.[8] In the Tokyo area and north eastern Japan, Interac teachers are unionized in "Zenkoku Ippan Tokyo General Union Tozen ALTs" local.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interac: Japan's leading private provider of Assistant Language Teachers – Official Website". See "About Interac" section. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Outsourced ALTs". Yomiuri Shimbun. August 26, 2006. Archived from the original on January 2, 2010. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "Japan Today: Executive Impact: Interac – Darrin McNeal". Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Interac website – About Interac". Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  5. ^ "在学者数(昭和23年~)". 学校基本調査 > 年次統計. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Interac. "About Interac". Interac. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  7. ^ General Union website General Union - Interac Retrieved September 30, 2015
  8. ^ Fukuoka General Union website FGU - Fukuoka General Union Retrieved September 30, 2015
  9. ^ Tozen website About the Interac Union Retrieved September 30, 2015