Category Archives: Culture


How to be Promotable in a Japanese Company

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I’ve written a lot about how a corporate employee can position him or herself to be more promotable. However, for Americans (or non-Japanese) working within a Japanese company (in Japan or perhaps at a hub within the United States or outside of Japan), there are a unique set of challenges and obstacles that may arise when it comes to best positioning yourself for a promotion.…

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responsibility in the workplace

How “Responsibility” is Different in the Japanese and American Workplace

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There are some remarkable differences in the way Japanese and Americans do business (to learn more click HERE), but perhaps one of the largest differences has more to do with mindset than anything else. For a Japanese executive who is managing US employees, his or her greatest challenge will be the simple fact that, to him or her, it appears as though the American employees only care about their own responsibilities under their job description.…

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False Expectations

How to Avoid Making Assumptions and False Expectations

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The Japanese word “hafu” means “half Japanese.” Hafu refers to children with one Japanese parent, and one from another race. According to the World Population Review, Japan’s population is roughly 127 million. Demographically, Japan is largely homogenous with 98.5% ethnic Japanese people and a small proportion of Koreans, Chinese, Peruvians and Brazilians.…

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