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Pernille Rudlin
Pernille Rudlin is an expert on cross-cultural communication between Japan and Europe.
Feb 15, 2018 05:27 AM
This interview in the Japan Times with a traumatized Japanese salaryman about the impact of #MeToo on his Japanese workplace (and his marriage!) resonated with many of us who have worked in Japanese companies.

Feb 07, 2018 03:47 AM

I thought Google Translate's Japanese to English had improved tremendously recently and it turns out this is indeed the case, since they introduced Neural Machine Translation in November 2017. This uses deep neural networks to learn how to cope with situations it has not seen before, and translate entire sentences rather than phrases and words.


Feb 01, 2018 10:48 AM
Japanese customers expect to get through to the tantosha or madoguchi, not a receptionist or voicemail when they call a supplier.

Feb 01, 2018 10:49 AM
I find litter and wastefulness quite upsetting and often stress in my training how important the tidiness of the workplace is to Japanese customers. I think my obsession with litter picking and keeping things tidy dates back to my time at Japanese school. The Japanese government has even produced a video on the cultural roots of the Japanese urge to keep things tidy and clean.

Jan 16, 2018 05:24 AM
Whenever you sense a doubt or worry in a Japanese business person you are meeting for the first time, do not hesitate to introduce your credentials.

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