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Spring came early in Europe this year, inspiring me to write an article for the Teikoku Databank News on what Spring means in Europe and Japan, spring cleaning and the origins of the Easter Bunny

My view is yes, it does help Japanese companies to globalise if they have more Japanese women managers, for a couple of reasons...

Japan Intercultural Consulting's annual year-end letter.

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.

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.

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