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.
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.
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?