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Working with Japanese

Professor Shunsuke Takahashi points to the workaholism behind long working hours in Japan and how times have changed, so that "gambaru" (try your hardest) is no longer enough - employees need the competence to offer solutions to their customers, and Japanese workplaces need to change their employment culture to be more like the rest of the world.

Japanese employers need to view employees departing for foreign companies as “alumni”; by keeping in touch and keeping the door open should they wish to return a few years later, with experience of another corporate culture. Only then can Japanese companies become truly diverse and global.

Foreign executives in Japanese companies need intensive support and guidance, such as coaching from those experienced in managing Japanese employees, and training on how Japanese boards work, if they are to make a difference without destruction.

Working Effectively with Japanese Seminar Sponsored by Japan America Society of West Michigan 8:30-4:30, March 23, 2011 (Wed) Battle Creek, Michigan

A bit more on my background, courtesy of btrax.

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