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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.

At a recent talk I attended on how the founders of the modern Japanese state and business had fearlessly travelled and lived abroad, there was a keen discussion afterwards as to how this spirit of adventure could be revived amongst young Japanese people now.

Following on from her article on why Germans work less hours than Japanese employees, Professor Ulrike Schaede takes a look in a second article at the need for a German “golden middle path” in Japanese management style.

Europeans often ask me if it is worth trying to learn Japanese. I usually say yes, but that it is important to have realistic expectations. Adults who have become fluent in Japanese have done so by totally immersing themselves in the Japanese language, thereby rewiring their brain. I wrote an article about this for a Japanese magazine in the UK.

There are well-known similarities between Japan and Germany, but according to Professor Ulrike Schaede, there are also four fundamental differences.

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