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Working with Japanese

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.

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.


Japanese customers expect to get through to the tantosha or madoguchi, not a receptionist or voicemail when they call a supplier.

The print version of a collection of Pernille Rudlin's articles on working with Japanese customers (internal and external) is now available on

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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