Often labelled a workaholic country, with their organizational skills being displayed even in the way they do simple things such as crossing the road or for that matter, the discipline while travelling in metros. The reason for certain behaviours is ingrained in their value system, which is why, it is extremely essential to do a background check of the place you plan to visit, especially, if the motive is to merge with Japanese companies.
South-east Asian countries viz. China, Japan and Korea have more or less similar cultural norms, although some things may be deemed as distinct. Known as ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, Japan is an island nation having one of the largest economies in the world, highest life expectancy rate, and is also a leading name in manufacturing automobiles. The Japanese economy achieved tremendous growth from mid 1950s, and since then, there has been a rise in foreign investments and trade. Among others, Japan is a part of organizations like WTO, OECD, G-20, G-8 and APEC.
To avoid negative feedback, it is very important for your company to do enough market research before presenting, more than that, it is essential to customize your product or service according to the Japanese standards; as there are several examples of big companies having to give in, due to lack of the above mentioned points.
Here are some typical Japanese business etiquettes you should be aware of –
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