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Japanese Business Culture Blog

A blog about communications between Japan and other cultures, particularly in business.



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For over 20 years Japan Intercultural Consulting has provided sexual harassment and discrimination prevention training conducted in Japanese to Japanese-affiliated companies in the U.S. Responding to requests from our clients, we are now offering an online version of this course.
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The norms of the workplace are rooted in our educational systems.
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This fascinating article(JPNS) explains that the younger generation in Japan use the more formal "-san" with each other at work because they no longer see their companies as family.
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In a year where fierce political argument and debate has raged in the UK and the US, I thought this article I wrote about the cultural differences in attitudes to argument and debate for the Teikoku Databank News is worth revisiting.
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The announcement earlier this year by the Japanese government that they want to revise the Labour Standards Law to require companies to ensure that workers take their paid leave allowance has attracted a fair amount of attention in European media.  Japanese employees are entitled to an average of around 18.5 days a year but typically only take around 9 days. 
How does this compare to Europe?
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