Proper business etiquette in japan

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proper business etiquette in japan

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Former president George W. Bush named this his favorite book from childhood (it came out when he was 23 ... but perhaps he meant his kids childhood). In any event its one of my favorites from my childhood, and from reading to my own kids. Was it the first to put holes through its pages? Probably not, but it worked very well. Kids like sticking their fingers in things - genius!

Anyhow - this is one HUNGRY caterpillar! He puts a hole through everything be it a slice of watermelon (or wacca menon as my daughter first said it), ice cream cone, or sausage.

It is in fact one of the bestselling books in the history of literature!


So what does this epic teach us?

1/ Everything in moderation. Our caterpillar just sticks a single hole in each food item - he aint that sort of greedy, hell leave some for others.

2/ Try new things. Our caterpillar aint picky, hell try anything once, even gherkin!

3/ Eat healthy to avoid stomach ache. A nice green leaf will sort you out.

4/ Change is good. Straighten up and fly right and you too could become a beautiful butterfly and... um ... fly, right!

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[Japanese business manners] Points of a meeting

Yet in practice, Japanese business etiquette is not so different from good business etiquette elsewhere: after all, politeness, sensitivity to others, and good .
Eric Carle

Complete Guide to Japanese Etiquette for Business Travelers - From a Tokyo Insider!

Japan is an amazing destination for travelers who are longing to enjoy their vacation in a beautiful and exciting country. This is especially true recently. Japan is becoming more and more popular as time passes and as the Tokyo Olympics approach. By the same token, the country is becoming a more sought after location for new businesses foreign and domestic , as well as to create partnerships among established companies, but also for startups and new innovative ideas. Japan as a whole, and the companies that populate the country, though, have a very specific way of handling social interactions and businesses.

Politeness and sensitivity are at the centre of Japanese business etiquette. Japan rose to become an economic powerhouse by trading with the outside world. Japanese business people are sophisticated and know that the Western approach can be different. The stereotype is true. Events and meetings in Japan sometimes really do begin at 3 minutes past the hour.

Traditionally, Japanese culture has very strict rules of etiquette appropriate for every situation, from interactions between neighbors, customers and staff in a store, politicians, and every other social situation under the sun. Nowhere are these rules and customs more keenly felt by expatriates than in Japanese business interactions. Unlike many Western cultures where shaking hands is the norm, when meeting someone for the first time in Japan, people bow to each other. The degree of the bow corresponds to the difference in social standing between the two individuals being introduced. The longer and deeper the bow, the greater the amount of respect will be shown by the one bowing. When meeting foreigners, some Japanese may offer to shake hands, as an effort to ease any discomfort or misunderstandings. Your best bet with regard to being introduced to a Japanese person is to do what they do.

If you're doing business with a Japanese company (or hoping to win formal and important, that proper behavior became the paramount law.
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Getting Started

Welcome to our helpful guide for Japan. Should you be looking to travel, live, relocate or do business in the land of the rising sun, we will give you a helpful head start on understanding the country and its cultures. Japan is an island country in East Asia.

In this part we would like to give you some basic ideas of the appropriate business manners when meeting Japanese business partners, especially for the first time. Being polite is important everywhere. In Japan politeness is very closely connected to respect. You might see your business cards just as information, but in Japan you should treat the cards you receive like they were a part of the person. Show your respect by giving and receiving the cards with both hands.

By Greg Rodgers. Conforming to Japanese business etiquette during a working lunch or formal meeting can make even the most confident executive shake in their loafers. Although there are many rules, customs, and traditions, your hosts will probably forgive all but the worst faux pas anyway. Demonstrating a small knowledge of Japanese culture and traditions shows that you have a genuine interest in the success of the meeting. If nothing else, your friends and colleagues will be impressed! Here are a few tips for proper Japanese business etiquette to help you survive a meal or interaction from start to finish. The toughest and most complicated challenge comes at the very beginning of the meeting: greeting each other.


  1. Pomeroy T. says:

    In this part we would like to give you some basic ideas of the appropriate business manners when meeting Japanese business partners.

  2. Tansupoje says:

    A golf ball manufacturing company packaged golf balls in packs of four for convenient purchase in Japan.

  3. Burlasthootsa says:

    Business meeting advice (if doing business in Japan)

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