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Following on from her article on why Germans work less hours than Japanese employees, Professor Ulrike Schaede takes a look in a second article at the need for a German “golden middle path” in Japanese management style.
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Europeans often ask me if it is worth trying to learn Japanese. I usually say yes, but that it is important to have realistic expectations. Adults who have become fluent in Japanese have done so by totally immersing themselves in the Japanese language, thereby rewiring their brain. I wrote an article about this for a Japanese magazine in the UK.
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There are well-known similarities between Japan and Germany, but according to Professor Ulrike Schaede, there are also four fundamental differences.
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English is like a sport, says Eriko Kawai, because you need to have fun, practice every day, and use your body (tongue)
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LinkedIn is not just for recruiting, but managing the employer brand
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