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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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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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The announcement earlier this year by the Japanese government that they want to revise the Labour Standards Law to require companies to ensure that workers take their paid leave allowance has attracted a fair amount of attention in European media.  Japanese employees are entitled to an average of around 18.5 days a year but typically only take around 9 days. 
How does this compare to Europe?
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I wrote this article in Japanese for the Teikoku Databank News and am about to deliver further seminars for Japanese expatriates in Europe, urging them to make better use of LinkedIn.
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This article was published 4 years ago in the Nikkei Weekly - so I would be interested in your views as to whether anything has changed since it was written.

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