About Japanese companies and Japanese business people
Confidentiality and Information Exchange in Japanese Companies

How to Use Email Properly in a Japanese Business Email is an indispensable tool for business. However, its usage may be a little different in Japan than in other countries. Do you use reply for all? In Japan, replying to everyone is the norm. Why do you think that is? By P. Pringle Recent News […]

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Why Do Japanese Firms Favor Japanese Suppliers?

The capital of Japan is Tokyo, but before that it was in Kyoto for over 1000 years. The people of Kyoto value history very highly. It is the same in business, and they take good care of their customers and business partners that they have known for a long time. There are still many stores […]

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Rediscovering Japan’s Technology

Experience Japan's Technology By Ryoji Shimada, staff writer JR Osaka Station is the largest rail terminal in this prefecture of 9 million people. Following years of redevelopment, the multi-use Umekita Grand Front Osaka complex, on the station’s north side has been buzzing since its opening, which took place on April 26. In its first month […]

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Work in Japan: Japan Biz Cultural Words
Gifts, Favors and Obligations in Japanese Business

By P. Pringle Returning Favor Immediately in Japan I heard this story from Bill at a training session recently. He has been working for a Japanese company in the US for a couple of years. On the day in question he had been working late and left his office at about 6:30pm. The parking lot […]

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What is Nengajo? 年賀状 ねんがじょう

Nengajo 年賀状 ねんがじょう Nengajo is New Year’s card in Japan. The custom of sending nengajo traces back to the Meiji period (1868-1912), when postcards were first issued in Japan. Until then, people visited their relatives and acquaintances to greet them at the New Year, but nengajo enabled people to do so by sending cards. With […]

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Business Training in Japan Is Not Popular. OJT Is Popular. Why?

By R. Kopp Allow me to share three recent incidents related to training that took place at Japanese companies in the U.S.: An American discovered that his Japanese colleague wasn’t happy for him leaving the factory floor to come attend a training session. A training session was scheduled that seven Japanese were supposed to attend, […]

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Japan’s Eco Busines: Saving the Earth and Saving Money

From Solar Panels to Spaghetti Noodles, the Color of Japanese Business Is GREEN By Tom Baker When you get behind the wheel of your car, turn up the air conditioner at home, or pop open a cold drink, are you destroying the environment? Many people worry about the impact of such activities, but most of […]

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Why Do Japanese Like Open Plan Offices?

Why Do Japanese Like Open Plan Offices? Why hasn't telecommuting taken root in Japan, even in the midst of a pandemic? Here is an answer. By R. Kopp For the American coming to work at, or even visiting, a traditional Japanese office, it’s a shock.  Rather than the individual offices or cubicles that are typical […]

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SDGs in Japan: Japan’s wise investment in people

ARI: Training Local Leaders from Emerging Nations to Create a Peaceful and Sustainable World By Ryoji Shimada, staff writer “In my community, people earn a living through agriculture, fishing and livestock breeding. Some of their biggest obstacles to sustainability include limited knowledge and insufficient time to focus on future plans. I want to receive agricultural […]

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Akio Toyoda: Thinking about cars whether awake or asleep

Interview with Akio Toyoda Now is the time we should go back to the basics of “wanting driving to be more fun!”: “Akio Toyoda” and “Morizo” are car-loving kindred spirits. Although a lot of top business managers have appeared in this magazine to date, it’s been a long time since we’ve had a top manager […]

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