Japan Dos & Don’ts Understanding Japan
Business Trips  Tipping: People do not tip in Japan - neither for taxis nor in restaurants, and also not in hotels. Many Japanese view it as receiving charity which they do not require. It is not uncommon for a waiter to return any tip money a guest ‘forgot’ on the table as he is leaving the restaurant. Greetings and Introductions: There are countless books on the proper way to introduce yourself and correctly greet people in Japan: everything from how to bow to giving and receiving the all- important meishi or business cards. Click here to read more...  
Meetings  Decision-Making in Japanese Companies: “Do all the coworkers have to be included on the E-mail distribution list?” is one of the questions I often hear. The answer is “Absolutely”. Many people find the decision-making process in Japanese companies to be extremely slow. One reason for this is that everything must be discussed in detail with every department that has anything to do the topic at hand. This is also the reason behind the gigantic E-mail distribution lists and the long waits needed before a decision is made. However, once a decision has been made, the implementation is usuallly fairly quick. Click here to read more...
General Runny Noses: In Japan we can safely disregard our parents instructions about blowing our noses and not snuffling about. Here, blowing our nose with the aid of a hankerchief is seen as dirty, disgusting and embarassing. Here, one snuffles, or if he must, seeks out a quiet place to blow his nose. The masks you sometimes see people in Japan wearing is a sign that they have a cold. They wear the masks to keep their germs to themselves out of consideration for everyone else on the subway, at work, etc. Click here to read more...

Japan Etiquette

A quick look at the most important ‘rules’

  The good news: as a Westerner, most Japanese will forgive most of the faux pas you make while visiting their country. When these occur, most will simply think, “Oh, gaijin (foreigner)” and not think anything of it. Nonetheless, below are a few descriptions of common stumbling blocks and what the Japanese about them. You can decide how you would act in such situations.                                                                          
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