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Are you suffering from May Sickness?

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In Japan people tough out a grueling winter looking forward to a magnificent spring. April 1st is the beginning of a new school year, a new job, or a new fiscal year at work: a fresh beginning. To top it off...

Japanese Subway Etiquette

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When riding the subway in Japan, it may be tempting to call your client with an update on your expected time of arrival. Even worse, if you're living in Japan and stuck on the typical 1-1.5 hour commute, you may be tempted to catch up on calls or answer an incoming call.

Bento Anime

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A talented Japanese mother shows her creativity through bento-mation! This you have to see!

Don't be late in Japan!

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Being late for work could have serious physical consequences--at least in Japan... The Japan Times reported that a 28 year old, who had repeatedly been late for work, was attacked by his boss with a STUN GUN.

Japan's Dirty Secret to Productivity

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Japanese have a reputation for having high quality goods. They also have a reputation for not being terribly office-efficient. So how do you have high quality without high efficiency and still stay competitive?

Smile! You're the Example: What Learning to Skydive in Japan Taught me about Japanese Business

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Lessons from a Trouper. Cultural values are reflected throughout societal norms in every country. This means you can find lessons that apply to business in other practices if you delve deeply enough…

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Globalization has made cross-border business deals more common than ever. But, every day, deals are jeopardized or lost when foreign associates are offended by Americans unaware of other countries' customs, culture or manner. while traveling, meeting a foreigner here or communicating on the...



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