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Japanese culture in business
August 16, 2017

Japanese culture in business

Anyone who has spent time working with the Japanese knows that their thoughts, motivations, and priorities are often hidden from view. The Japanese are more likely to rely on non-verbal cues, and the context of what they say, than the literal meaning of the words they use to say it. This is so orthogonal to the American style that given enough time or interaction…

Japanese New Year traditions
July 20, 2017

Japanese New Year traditions

By Haruka Masumizu TOKYO The New Year is just around the corner. For many non-Japanese, especially newcomers to Japan, many of the customs and traditions of New Year may seem hard to understand. New Year or Oshogatsu is the most important holiday period in Japan for families and it is rich in tradition. If you re lucky enough to be invited by your Japanese…

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