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



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The Wall Street Journal declares Japan "The Italy of Asia." Yours truly said that last spring!
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Why are the Japanese more considerate of other people compared to the British or indeed many other nationalities?
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Is Japan destined to end up like Italy? Watch here for three takes on where Japan is going, and how it can change its path.
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The other day I was teaching a seminar on Working Effectively with Americans to a group of Japanese expatriates from a major electronics manufacturer’s U.S. subsidiary. We were discussing things that they found challenging about working with Americans, and they mentioned something that I’ve heard from many other similar groups – that Americans are not good at visual presentation of data (charts, graphs, diagrams, sketches, etc.)
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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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