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A blog about communications between Japan and other cultures, particularly in business.



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This fascinating article(JPNS) explains that the younger generation in Japan use the more formal "-san" with each other at work because they no longer see their companies as family.
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Why Japanese customers won't pay for service
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In a year where fierce political argument and debate has raged in the UK and the US, I thought this article I wrote about the cultural differences in attitudes to argument and debate for the Teikoku Databank News is worth revisiting.
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There's been plenty of analysis on why Japan, the UK and the USA have such low or declining productivity levels - even if employment is relatively healthy. I observed envy making levels of efficiency and work/life balance during my recent trips to the Netherlands, which may have show some cultural factors at work, as I observed in my article here.
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Lessons in managing risk do not seem to have been learned twenty years’ on, with a seeming procession of Japanese Presidents bowing their heads in shame at unanticipated risks and covered up mistakes which escalate into full blown crises.
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