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



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Pernille Rudlin
Dec 16, 2014 04:12 AM
I am not in the slightest bit surprised by this research showing that Japan's Cool Biz policy - a government "recommendation" since 2005 that companies don't switch on the air conditioning until temperatures reach 28 degrees centigrade, in order to reduce carbon emissions - reduces productivity.
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Japan Intercultural Consulting's founder Rochelle Kopp and European Representative Pernille Rudlin have written a new book together, The Lowdown: Business Etiquette Japan. It's available as an audio book or ebook (Kindle) and as a BlackBerry App.
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It's been a long time since I wrote a "how I spent my summer vacation" essay, but here goes!
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Spoken Japanese is not very hard to learn, but its current writing system is very hard to master. Pay attention to the context in which each Japanese word or expression is used and the connotations it adds.
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Planning travel in Japan can be daunting even for those who are veterans. Here's a great agency that makes it much easier.
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