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



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I thought Google Translate's Japanese to English had improved tremendously recently and it turns out this is indeed the case, since they introduced Neural Machine Translation in November 2017. This uses deep neural networks to learn how to cope with situations it has not seen before, and translate entire sentences rather than phrases and words.


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I find litter and wastefulness quite upsetting and often stress in my training how important the tidiness of the workplace is to Japanese customers. I think my obsession with litter picking and keeping things tidy dates back to my time at Japanese school. The Japanese government has even produced a video on the cultural roots of the Japanese urge to keep things tidy and clean.
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We have launched a monthly themed newsletter to guide subscribers through our online content such as articles, videos and other resources. Premium paid susbcribers can also access our online e-learning.
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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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I frequently am asked for dressing tips for businesswomen who are going to visit Japan or have meetings with Japanese. Here are my current thoughts on the topic.
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