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If I were to capture what I try to do in my work in one phrase, it would be “build trust between Japanese and European business cultures.” How trust is defined, and therefore how it is built is the question I try to tackle in my new book "Shinrai: Japanese Corporate Integrity in a Disintegrating Europe"
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Surely there were other ways that Nissan could have addressed issues with Ghosn rather than calling the cops on him. However, what Nissan did does match a common pattern that I observe in my consulting to Japanese companies.
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From the standpoint of where I am in Silicon Valley, the contrast between how Japanese firms and their American competitors typically approach things is particularly stark.
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I'm delighted that our new "Effective English Communication in Europe" seminar for Japanese working in Europe is almost fully booked. The seminar is designed to bridge the gap described in an article I wrote for the Teikoku Databank News on the dual role a Japanese expatriate should play.
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Some interesting insights on accident rates, slamming the door, reverse parking and self service gasoline
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